CELEBRATING NSW VOLUNTEERS

More than 8,400 volunteers across NSW have been recognised by the Premier’s Volunteer Recognition Program on International Volunteer Day. Minister responsible for Volunteering, Ray Williams, said the Program plays an important role in acknowledging the contribution volunteers make to community life. “Volunteers are the lifeblood of our community. In NSW, more than 2 million volunteers contribute 240 million hours of their time, adding an estimated $5 billion dollars of value to local communities across the State,” Mr Williams said.

State MLC Trevor Khan thanked the volunteers at a ceremony in Parliament House. “Recognising and celebrating volunteering is an important part of understanding and promoting its value,” Mr Khan said. “Since 2015, the Program has recognised over 20,500 volunteers who have contributed positively to the community.” Charlotte Toose-Cutler from Penrith was recognised at a ceremony at Parliament House for carrying out over 1,300 hours of volunteer work. Charlotte, who has just completed her HSC, volunteers at Penrith Rowing Club, coaching other squad members.

“Volunteering for something you are passionate about is very rewarding. I get more from volunteering than I put in,” Charlotte said. “I am honoured to be recognised through this program and hope it motivates others to volunteer themselves.” There are seven categories under the Premier’s Volunteer Recognition Program, including people with over 40 years and over 25 years of volunteer service, significant volunteering at any age, newly retired people who have commenced or volunteers continued volunteering, and three student categories.