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New South Wales Minister for Families and Communities Gareth Ward

Three Big Cheers For Our Valuable Volunteers

Victor P Taffa

Volunteers from all walks of life will be celebrated by the New South Wales Government as part of the Premier’s Volunteer Recognition Program.

To coincide with the beginning of National Volunteer Week, Minister for Families, Communities and Disability Services Gareth Ward will today open nominations, for New South Wales residents to nominate a tireless volunteer in their community.

“Volunteers are the backbone of our society, and without their contribution our communities would not thrive like they do.” Minister Ward said.

“Premier’s Volunteer Recognition Program celebrates all volunteers from students selflessly working with charities to veterans who’ve dedicated decades of their lives to causes close to their heart.”

In New South Wales, more than 2.1 Million people volunteer, contributing a combined 240 Million hours of their time each year, valued at $5 Billion to local communities.

There are 4 categories open for nominations under the program, including:

  • People with a lifetime of volunteering experience – over 40 years;
  • People with over 25 years of volunteering experience;
  • Significant volunteering at any age;
  • Student volunteering.

Since 2015, 28,600 volunteers have been recognised under the program for their contribution.

“It’s so important for all of us to acknowledge this invaluable work, and I urge all New South Wales residents to nominate someone who’s making a difference.” Minister Ward said.

Premier’s Volunteer Recognition Program is part of the New South Wales Government’s Volunteering Strategy 2016-2020.


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