Bunbury event to recognise region’s volunteers in National Volunteer Week

Jacinta CantatoreBunbury Herald
Volunteer South West manager Shamara Williams, volunteer Amy Jones and program co-ordinator Susanne Hamersley prepare for the online awards night celebrations.
Camera IconVolunteer South West manager Shamara Williams, volunteer Amy Jones and program co-ordinator Susanne Hamersley prepare for the online awards night celebrations. Credit: Jacinta Cantatore

Next week the selfless volunteers who give their time to help others across the region will be celebrated at a Bunbury event as part of National Volunteers Week, in a format that has become part of the ‘new normal’.

Volunteer South West will celebrate the region’s volunteers on Tuesday, May 17 from 10am through an online event, aimed at keeping members and volunteers safe amid high ongoing COVID-19 cases in the community.

The event, which will be held via Zoom, will celebrate year’s theme of ‘Better Together’ by recognising the region’s volunteers and announcing the winners of the South West Volunteer of the Year awards.

A series of video profiles of each nomineee will be shown through volunteer week, from May 11-22, to share the stories behind each of these unsung heroes.

The videos were made possible by Volunteer South West teaming up with EdConnect, RYDE, Bunbury Multicultural Group and the Dolphin Discovery Centre to apply for funding through Lotterywest and Volunteering WA, who helped fund the professional video series.

Volunteer South West manager Shamara William hoped volunteers would attend the online event and be recognised along with all volunteers in the region for their commitment and dedication during these challenging times.

“Never has it been more important that we take the time to recognise those in our community who continue to give of their time for the common good,” she said.

“Volunteers bring our communities together by making them stronger and more resilient, and these last two years it has been especially important to reconnect to our communities and each other, to say thank you.

“This year’s wonderful nominations for the South West Volunteer of the Year shows the incredible number of hours volunteers dedicate to our not-for-profit organisations,” Ms Williams said.

“Together, through volunteering, we are changing communities for the better.”

The City of Bunbury will also give local volunteers recognition through Volunteer Week by lighting up Bunbury’s landmarks in red — the colour associated with volunteering internationally.

To join the online event contact Volunteer South West for the event Zoom link by calling 9791 3214 or emailing support@volunteersouthwest.org.au.

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