Shire thanks volunteers

Published on Monday, 20 May 2024 at 8:54:50 AM

National Volunteer Week from 20 – 26 May is Australia’s largest annual celebration of volunteering. This year’s theme, ‘Something for Everyone’, recognises the diverse passions and talents everyone brings to the act of volunteering.


Shire President, David Bolt, said the week provides an opportunity to highlight the important role of volunteers and invites people not currently volunteering to give it a go.


“Volunteers are the backbone of many community organisations and their contribution to the Murray area is vast,” said Mr Bolt.


“Many facets of the community benefit from the support of volunteers, including sports, youth, arts, conservation and emergency response. We invite everyone to explore the vast array of opportunities,” he said. 


While the broader community benefit from the efforts of many volunteers, the Shire of Murray as an organisation is particularly grateful to the Murray SES Unit, the Pinjarra Volunteer Fire & Rescue Service, along with the Shire’s five volunteer bushfire brigades and more than 190 emergency service volunteers operating in the area.


“This year was a particularly busy bushfire season, with a number of small and larger scale incidents. On Volunteer Week in particular, we extend our sincerest gratitude to all those involved in the response efforts,” added Mr Bolt.


On 21 May, the Shire will be hosting a VIP Volunteer Celebration event to recognise the contributions of longstanding volunteers within community organisations. The Shire of Murray will award a Certificate of Appreciation to volunteers who have reached a five year, 10 or 20-year milestone.


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