Over the past four weeks the Eyre Peninsula Tribune has highlighted a small number of the many local volunteer groups who make significant contributions to the community and the lives of the people they support.
While it is impossible to give all of the many volunteer organisations and individual volunteers the credit they deserve in a month-long campaign, the Tribune put the spotlight on people who give up their time for free to help young people get involved in their community, support community members who are struggling and provide facilities for the community to use now and in the future.
Of course there are many more volunteers across the region giving in many ways, big and small.
In this edition, the Tribune features local SA Ambulance volunteers who have been putting their hands up to help out some for 25 years.
Regional communities are good at volunteering.
Most people seem to understand it’s an important part of being a community citizen to pitch in and do their bit.
The volunteers featured in the Tribune over the past few weeks had many reasons for choosing to volunteer – giving something back to their community, the people they meet, seeing the difference they make and being a role model for their children – and there are as many reasons to volunteer as there are volunteers.
Whatever their motivation, the economic contribution of volunteers cannot be ignored.
South Australian volunteers contribute about 1.76 million hours a week, which would cost serious dollars, even at the minimum wage.
To echo Volunteers Minister Zoe Bettison’s sentiments in her letter below, Volunteers Week is a great opportunity to do something we should do more often - find a volunteer and say thanks.
You won’t have to look far, they are everywhere.
The story in today’s paper highlights how in demand volunteers are with just four members of Cleve SA Ambulance service.
Those volunteers have been giving up their time for at least the last 15 years.
These stories are also a good reminder that it’s time for all of us to think about what we can do.
You don’t have to wait until you are old or retired.