Volunteers | May 20, 2020

Thank you to our volunteers - Letter to the editor

National Volunteer Week gives us all the opportunity to celebrate and thank those who generously give their time to help others – and this year that help is more important than ever.
The coronavirus pandemic has impacted our communities in a number of difficult ways. But it has also further galvanised our community spirit and inspired creative ways of helping those in need.
Over the past few months we have seen many amazing volunteers going above and beyond to support our communities, showing their generosity of spirit and compassion. 
This desire to help has been demonstrated in many ways, from people assisting elderly and vulnerable community members with shopping and delivery of essential items, to people calling and checking in on others to ensure they are not socially isolated, and families and other groups starting letter-writing initiatives for people in hospital or aged care, to help them stay connected with the wider community.
These initiatives have added to the already amazing array of volunteer work that happens in our communities every day, year after year.
Volunteers provide support and care for the elderly, look after our beautiful natural environment through Landcare groups, run our local junior and senior sporting clubs and, when our community is at its most vulnerable, they are there for us in our emergency services.
On behalf of all local residents, I sincerely thank all volunteers in the Lowan electorate for the work you do – it is truly amazing.
One of the best things we can all do is to roll up our sleeves and get involved. Research tells us that just a few hours of volunteer work makes a difference in people’s happiness, and it is proven that volunteers are healthier and even sleep better than those who don’t volunteer. 
The experience of helping others provides meaning and a sense of self-worth, and plays an important social role in the community. The contributions made by volunteers to our rural and regional communities are invaluable, and I am proud to be part of The Nationals team committed to actively supporting and respecting volunteers and their vital work. 
Thank you again to our incredible volunteers for the contributions you continue to make to our local communities.
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