Well-earned recognition for volunteers

THANKS a million. That’s the theme of National Volunteer Week which begins today. 

Organisations across central Victoria are set to hold morning teas, trivia nights and a number of other events to honour the thousands of volunteers that work in the community every day. 

The City of Greater Bendigo will hold a morning tee at the Bendigo Town Hall to say thank you to the volunteers who help the city provide its services. 

More than 500 people volunteer their time to services provided by council. 

The Bendigo Volunteer Resource Centre will also join in the celebrations. 

Resource centre manager Helen Yorsten said the centre would host a fun-filled trivia night to show its appreciation for the tireless work volunteers do in the community.

“It is great to be part of National Volunteer Week 2013,” she said. 

“It is a moment in time where all organisations like ours celebrate the exceptional and dedicated volunteers who give up their time and skills to help our organisation provide the services and support we do to our community.”

The Salvation Army will also host a morning tea on Friday to honour its volunteers. 

A number of Salvation Army services could not run without the help of volunteers, including the distribution of food and material through emergency relief, the operation of the food bank, the L2P Learner Mentor Driver program and the Gravel Hill Community Garden. Parks Victoria is also saying thank you to its volunteers across the state. 

In particular Parks Victoria have thanked the Tarrengower Cactus Control committee, that has spent the past few years treating wheel cactus around the Maldon historic area. 

Parks Victoria Ranger team leader Noel Muller said the volunteers played a major role in preserving the environment. 

“The volunteers associated with the Castlemaine and Maldon area have provided 3000 hours of unpaid work so far this financial year. This shows the commitment our community has to our parks locally,” he said. Mr Muller said Parks Victoria had a great relationship with volunteers. 

“They give their time and effort so generously in helping make the area around Castlemaine and Maldon a great place to visit, admire and enjoy,” he said.

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