Many thanks to the sponsors of the celebration held recently to acknowledge local volunteerism during National Volunteer Week 2011. About 260 or more people were entertained at a great function hosted by Greater Shepparton City Council at the Eastbank Centre on May 10.
I personally felt honoured to be nominated as a local representative, just one of more than five million Australians who give over 700million hours annually in so many ways.
Having been both a co-ordinator of volunteers and a team volunteer for several organisations over a period of four decades, the major benefit lies in making and seeing a difference. A secondary and most important benefit is in the building of a network of friendships throughout our diversely populated community.
Special thanks to City Council, The Adviser and ONE FM for their generous sponsorship of this Awards Ceremony, recognising the valued and vital contribution of volunteers.