Celebrating our volunteers

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Help when you need it most: Individual Superintendent Maureen Templar and her team of amazing volunteers are ready to assist in any situation at the Orange Rodeo. Photo: Declan Rurenga.

Help when you need it most: Individual Superintendent Maureen Templar and her team of amazing volunteers are ready to assist in any situation at the Orange Rodeo. Photo: Declan Rurenga.

We have all been asked to do it, most of us have thought about doing it and some have even followed through and done it. The “it” is volunteering, and volunteers are a vital part of every community.

Volunteers assist people in need, ensure events and programs run successfully, help raise funds and awareness for charities, and perform many other duties throughout society.

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The United Nations’ International Volunteer Day is held each year on December 5 and is a chance for volunteers, organisations and the wider community to celebrate volunteer’s efforts, share their values, and to further promote the amazing work they do. 

Many groups rely heavily on volunteers in order to provide their services and facilities. Orange PCYC is one of these organisations with Assistant Manager, Dave Cleal, confirming they will be hosting a Volunteers Dinner in December to thank all their volunteers for their hard work.

It's important for volunteers to be recognised as they are vital to our organisation

Dave Cleal - PCYC Assistant Manager

“We are a non-profit organisation so we need volunteers to help with admin, fundraising and organising sports and other activities. Most of our volunteers help in our music programs with our coordinator, Robin Thompson, providing lessons on a range of instruments and providing three scholarships to the Conservatorium of Music,” he said.

Vital Volunteers: Violin teacher and volunteer Birgit Loecker with assistant manager Dave Cleal presenting Orange PCYC scholarship winners Ayla Daskein and Lucy Goodacre with their awards. Photo: Jude Keogh.

Vital Volunteers: Violin teacher and volunteer Birgit Loecker with assistant manager Dave Cleal presenting Orange PCYC scholarship winners Ayla Daskein and Lucy Goodacre with their awards. Photo: Jude Keogh.

The theme for 2017 is ‘Volunteers Act First. Here. Everywhere’, which aims to recognise the critical contributions of volunteers as first respondents in times of need and promotes the contributions of such volunteers at the local, national and international level.

Ordinary Australians continually step up when called upon to help save individuals lives and property from accidents and injury, bush fires, floods and many other situations.

Someone who knows the extraordinary lengths that volunteers go to is Maureen Templar, Individual Superintendent of St John Ambulance Orange Division. St John volunteers assist with health services at community events and Maureen is continually amazed at how generous people are.

“A lot of our volunteers are moving into careers in paramedics or nursing, but they are always happy to give their time. It not only helps the community but also the volunteers themselves as they learn the practical and personal skills needed for their careers,” she said.