With National Volunteer Week underway, Nationals Member for Euroa Annabelle Cleeland expressed her gratitude towards the individuals who continually invest their time and effort delivering incredible services and experiences for people throughout the region.
“Volunteers are the lifeblood of regional communities and I want to thank them for the countless hours they spend delivering incredible experiences and services to their towns,” Ms Cleeland said.
“To our volunteers, please know that we see you, and we are grateful.”
Ms Cleeland has been campaigning strongly for volunteer-focussed projects in the lead up to next week’s State Budget announcement, requesting funding for Benalla’s Tomorrow Today foundation and upgrades to both sporting club and emergency services facilities across the electorate.
“Our amazing local volunteers drop everything to support their neighbours and region,” Ms Cleeland said.
“They should be supported with investment and assets to ensure their work can be done efficiently, effectively and they can continue to keep us safe.
“Our incredible emergency service volunteers in the SES and CFA continually demonstrate a selfless dedication during the most challenging times for our communities, particularly when our region was faced with widespread flooding in October.
“The work of community houses, not-for-profits, charities, and their volunteers are critically important. Demand for these services is only increasing and they deserve to be supported properly.
“Our sporting clubs are a crucial part of our towns and simply would not function without the continuous passion and drive of volunteers. From coaching to manning the canteen and everything in between.
“The least we can do is ensure they have usable facilities that are fit for purpose.”
Ms Cleeland encouraged the rest of the community to get around their local volunteers and let them know their hard work was appreciated this week.
“Undoubtedly, being a volunteer can sometimes feel like a thankless task. Therefore, I encourage everyone this week to express gratitude to those who contribute to our community in whatever capacity they can,” Ms Cleeland said.
“Lastly, to those considering becoming a volunteer and helping out your community, I can assure you that what you receive from it will dwarf what you put in.
“Happy Volunteers Week.”