Western Australia Minister for Seniors & Volunteering Robyn McSweeney
West Australian Volunteers Thanked At Government House Celebrations
Victor P Taffa
Seniors and Volunteering Minister Robyn McSweeney has officially launched the International Year of ‘Volunteers + 10’ at the annual Thank a Volunteer Day Garden Party at Government House.
Hundreds of volunteers attended the Official Garden Party, while many more celebrated at local events across the State.
“Around the world, 2011 will be a time to build on progress made a decade ago, toward recognising and promoting volunteering at local, national and international levels.” Mrs. McSweeney said.
“The International Year of Volunteers anniversary will be marked with many events throughout the year to raise awareness about the importance of volunteering for communities and to show our appreciation to all West Australian volunteers.”
“This year, I approved more than $31,000 in grants to small community organisations to help them celebrate Thank a Volunteer Day at a local level. I was delighted to see the enthusiasm with which community organisations embraced the opportunity to thank their volunteers and to celebrate with them.”
The Minister said up to 600,000 West Australians were involved in volunteering each year and their total effort was worth $6.6 Billion to the State.
“As the Western Australian community moves into its next economic growth phase, challenges and opportunities lie ahead for volunteering organisations.” the Minister said.
“Many organisations are developing flexible ways to involve people in volunteering and I encourage that to continue as the rewards are so great for communities big and small.” Mrs. McSweeney said.