Volunteers are real life super heroes – they just don’t wear the capes
As Christmas approaches, I feel it a good time to reflect on and acknowledge the outstanding work of our volunteers here in Kerry.
Previously I was privileged and very humbled to work with some amazing people at the Kerry Branch of Samaritans and to be able to offer a listening ear to those in despair.
Christmas, whilst being a joyous occasion, can also be a very lonely time for many and I would strongly urge anyone who feels unable to cope, hopeless or otherwise, to give the Samaritans a call day or night. It will be in the strictest confidence, you will not be judged and you are in control being able to hang up at any time and call back if you feel unsure.
Volunteers come from all walks of life and could be classed as super heroes, although most would be reluctant to accept any praise for their selfless acts of human kindness.
No greater are those who would risk their very lives for others and I refer to the volunteers of the Valentia life boat.
Whilst we sleep in the comfort and security of our homes, they take to sea in the most treacherous of conditions, risking all that others may be saved.
Such heroic acts are very commendable to say the least and we all owe them a great debt of gratitude. Like I say, volunteers do not wear capes or have super hero emblazoned on their chests and the next time you are in the pub, shop or church there’s a good chance you are standing next to a real-life hero.
So, whilst we spend Christmas with loved ones in a safe secure environment, take a moment to think of our own super heroes here in Kerry the volunteers who will be working 24/7.
To finish I would like to add, volunteers don’t get paid because they are worthless it’s because they are priceless, Sincerely,