Vol­un­teers are real life su­per he­roes – they just don’t wear the capes

The Kerryman (South Kerry Edition) - - OPINION -

SIR,

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,

Bill Mc­Na­mara

Coaramore

Valen­tia

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