Contributed By Mark Coupar
I have been reflecting recently on all the issues that have been confronting us in our area over the past 12 months, bushfires, floods, storms and Coronavirus, to highlight just a few.
It struck me, to get us through these tough times how many people volunteered their time and resources to our community. Among those offering support are our local businesses. Theirs is often a silent contribution, allowing their employees time off in times of need to give a helping hand to our communities.
Recently I was invited to be a part of a discussion with people who regularly do volunteer work in our area, and I asked them what inspired them to become a volunteer.
To them, Being a Volunteer was about giving something back to the community and making a difference in people’s lives and being part of a broader community that makes a difference.
Being a volunteer was more about bringing meaning and purpose to peoples lives and is a great way to learn new skills and gain confidence to do things outside your comfort zone.
In a major crisis these people are the quiet achievers of our society.
So to all our volunteers who work long hours and give selflessly of your time, whether you are a candidate at a netball game, on the P&C, cleaning up after a major storm, a business giving employees time off, your contributions are greatly appreciated and valued by us all.
Being a Volunteer