| May 23, 2018

Local champions recognised during National Volunteer Week

The Federal Member for Murray, the Hon Damian Drum is encouraging everyone in the community to use National Volunteer Week to thank the volunteers in their communities that make their team, club and organisation a great place to be.

National Volunteer Week runs from 21 to 27 May and honours more than eight million Australians who volunteer their time in their community.

Mr Drum said there are more than 27,900 volunteers in Murray.

“Volunteers are the lifeblood of our local communities, they give their time and energy to help others and make Murray a great place to live,” Mr Drum said.

“Growing up in Congupna volunteering was a part of life for my family and our small community. Every weekend, during the winter, the community would all come together to make sure the football, netball and all other facets of the Congupna Football Netball club would run smoothly. This volunteering still continues today, not just at Congupna but across the whole Murray electorate.

“Our local volunteers do not seek praise, awards or accolades, they just want everybody to have a good time and enjoy their clubs, organisations and events,” Mr Drum said.

“We can never thank our volunteers enough, and National Volunteer Week is a special opportunity to shine a light on these great volunteers.”

“The Coalition Government is providing more than $64 million over four years to support volunteers.

“By helping each other and working together, we are building stronger and safer communities.”

This week, thousands of National Volunteer Week events will take place around the country. To find an event near you, visit https://www.volunteeringaustralia.org/nvw-events/.

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