Williams Thanks Local Volunteers

Williams Thanks Local Volunteers

Member for Port Macquarie, Leslie Williams today marked International Volunteer Day by thanking volunteers across the Port Macquarie electorate for the hard work and vital role they play in our local community.

Mrs Williams said that International Volunteer Day was an important day to pay tribute to the countless volunteers who give of their time to the betterment of their local community.

“This year our state’s two million plus volunteers will make a contribution worth an estimated to $5 billion to our economy.”

“NSW has over two million volunteers, who collectively give 240 million hours each year,” Mrs Williams said.

“Our local community is blessed to have so many volunteers giving their time freely to help others.

“People like Lorraine Chambers who volunteers her time to many charitable community organisations including Palliative Care, Mental Health, Probus, Meals on Wheels and Apex.

“For many years, Lorraine along with Bernadette Warne have raised more than $150,000 through their Garage Sale Shop with the money going to Sister Marjory’s Soup Kitchen.

“That is just one example and I know there are hundreds of other volunteers doing similar great work across our community,” Mrs Williams said.

“The NSW Government highly values volunteers, which is why NSW became the first state in Australia to roll-out Timebanking as part of its $4.5 million Volunteering Strategy which supports our two million-plus volunteers.”

“Timebanking – a volunteering initiative for members to earn and exchange time credits for their service – is strengthening local communities and encouraging greater participation in volunteering.

“We have also launched The Statement of Principles for the Recognition of Volunteers, as part of our on-going acknowledgement of the value of volunteers supporting the service,” Mrs Williams said.

“The Statement of Principles outlines best practice in volunteer management and expresses an organisation’s commitment to valuing and respecting their volunteers.

“Volunteers are the lifeblood of so many facets of our society, including aged care, emergency services, environmental management, health care, sport and tourism – all of which simply could not operate effectively without them.

“Volunteers are as diverse as the range of skills they donate to their communities, and include growing numbers of younger people.

“I want to thank all those local people who volunteer their time for the betterment of our local community,” Mrs Williams said.

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