The Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Disabilities, Carers and the Voluntary Sector, Senator Mitch Fifield, today acknowledged the millions of Australian volunteers for their contribution to local communities.
National Volunteer Week 2010, which runs from 10 to 16 May, will promote the value and importance of volunteers with the theme: “Volunteering: Now more than ever.”
National Volunteer Week is the largest celebration of volunteers and volunteerism in Australia.
“National Volunteer Week is a great opportunity to pay tribute to the five million plus volunteers who quietly give their time and energy to benefit their community,” Senator Fifield said.
“Volunteers are the backbone of many organisations and our communities would not be the same without them.
“They perform a range of important work every day in many areas including emergency services, sports, community health care, heritage and arts, environment and conservation, education and training.
“Their sacrifices and work are often overlooked, but National Volunteer Week allows us to thank, recognise and show our appreciation for their generosity.”
Senator Fifield also recognised the increased demand the recent economic downturn placed on volunteers and the not-for-profit sector.
“Pressure has been placed on the voluntary sector to fill the gap left by corporate and individuals who have cut back on financial support due to financial restraint.
“The Coalition recognises that the voluntary sector faces many challenges in the current economic climate.
“I encourage all Australians to do whatever they can to support volunteers, get involved in National Volunteer Week 2010 and find out more about opportunities to contribute to their local communities.”
For further information on National Volunteer Week visit http://www.volunteeringaustralia.org