VERY few communities would be where they are without volunteers.
It is an over-used phrase, but they really are the backbone of many organisations.
Anyone who gives their time freely and willingly to a cause they believe in should be given accolades.
That’s why yesterday’s 10th anniversary celebration for the Bendigo Volunteer Resource Centre was such a joyous occasion.
It was a celebration of all things wonderful about our city.
A celebration of a centre working to improve the lives and well-being of so many.
And a celebration of the 20,000 men and women on the volunteer books who give so much for all of us to enjoy living in central Victoria.
In 10 years, the resource centre has brought together some tremendous people in times of crisis, and ensured smooth operations for any organisation in our community requiring extra hands.
As chairman Paul Kirkpatrick has observed, the worst of times, such as the Black Saturday fires and the floods of 2010-11, has often brought out the best in people eager to help others in their hour of need.
And the centre has been invaluable in harnessing that urge to assist for the communal good.
To Paul Kirkpatrick, manager Helen Yorston and your team and each of the many volunteers, the Greater Bendigo community says well done – and thank you.