Volunteers backbone of our community

25-04-2020 by admin

It was very humbling to visit a number of local organisations last week for National Volunteer Week celebrations.
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The efforts, money and time given by those who serve as volunteers is astounding. In fact, over the past twelve months Tasmanian volunteers have worked 7.1 million hours, at a value of $4.9 billion, with four out five Tasmanian adults volunteering.

Volunteers are the backbone of our community. Without their generosity and compassion, communities would not survive.

It’s not just about fundraising, providing assistance or being part of a club, volunteering is about caring about people (and animals) and stepping up to do something about it. I tip my hat to you all and offer my heartiest congratulations and thanks. Legends!

The council’s volunteers alone contributed 8,005 hours in the last 12 months, including welcoming travellers at the Visitor Information Centre,sharing our maritime history at the Bass Strait Maritime Centre andbringing it to life aboard the Julie Burgess.

On behalf of Council, we express our thanks for all that you do.

Grant awards

I also had the pleasure of attending the Housing Choices Tasmania Resident Community Fund Grant Awards in East Devonport.

They have just announced the support for ten local community projects, a number of which are in East Devonport, including Council’s Canning Drive boot camp.

What was clear was the difference just one person can make and the number of passionate people we have in our community, committed to ‘making a difference’.

We thank you and Housing Choices Tasmania for their ongoing support.

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