National Volunteer Week Celebrations – Honouring Three Special Volunteers


The latest recipients of our Classic Hero awards: Robert Blackwell (OneArts Gold Coast Inc), Andrew Howart (Centacare Community Services – Gold Coast), Peter Reilly (Friends of the Gold Coast Botanical Gardens)

National Volunteer Week (NVW) 21-27 May 2018 is an annual celebration to acknowledge the generous contribution of all the volunteers in Australia. Day two Tuesday 22 May 2018, honours three worthy volunteers at The City of Gold Coast Chambers, rewarding their endless, generous support for non for profits on the Gold Coast.

Volunteering Services Australia (VSA), the peak body for volunteering on the Gold Coast, embraces National Volunteer Week especially after the huge success of the Games Shakers at this year’s Commonwealth Games.

Newly appointed CEO of VSA Simon Nugus has been amazed by the recent uptake of volunteering.  “The landscape for volunteering has shifted. VSA is now busier than ever before. Everybody seems to have been impacted on how gratifying volunteering is.” Said Simon Nugus.

Australian volunteers contribute more than 700 million hours of unpaid work each year to their communities. 150,000 of volunteers are on the Gold Coast. The significance of consciously supporting Gold Coast charities, or sporting clubs, even the large events that take place all around the Gold Coast, makes a substantial, positive social impact. Not only for the individual but for the organisations they are volunteering for.

“The Gold Coast community is a strong one. To see the comradery during and post games has only solidified the supportive nature of individuals. Our message throughout National Volunteer Week is ‘volunteer for life’. Keep the volunteering legacy alive.” Said Mr Nugus.

From 21–27 May 2018, thousands of events, including breakfasts, morning/afternoon teas, luncheons, award ceremonies, forums and training sessions, will be held across the country to say thank you to the millions of Australians who volunteer their time.

Volunteering is an extraordinary gift of service that deserves to be celebrated and must be valued and nurtured. This year’s theme is Give A Little. Change A Lot.


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