The Member for Page, Janelle Saffin, says National Volunteers Week from May 12 to 18 is an opportunity to celebrate the invaluable contribution that volunteers make to the community.

“This year the theme is ‘volunteers change our world’ and in our part of the world that is certainly true,” Ms Saffin said.

“In Page more than 23,000 people volunteer their time for the community every week.

“They are the glue that keeps our communities going.

“There are so many wonderful examples of volunteering in Page, from our long-term organisations like meals on wheels and the service clubs, to the recent dedicated efforts of the Southern Cross LADS volunteers working to create a driver education facility for our region.”

Ms Saffin said those who volunteer create connections and social relationships with those around them and research had found that volunteering had great health benefits for those involved.

“The Rudd Labor Government is committed to supporting and sponsoring voluntary efforts. The Government’s revamped Volunteer Grants Program comes in on July 1, making funds available to another 6000 non-profit organisations,” she said.

“In line with the Government’s  Social Inclusion agenda we want to make sure Australia fosters an innovative environment for volunteer organisations, as well as encouraging volunteering in the corporate sector.

“Volunteering gives all of us a chance to give something back to our communities, and I’d like to take this opportunity to congratulate all our volunteers.”

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