Volunteers happy to help society
THE next time you are out and about and see a volunteer willingly offering their services to a charity or organisation, take a moment to thank them for their continued efforts.
Being able to show our appreciation for the volunteers in our community is a simple gesture and with this week being National Volunteer Week when could be a more perfect time?
Volunteers from the Visitor Information Centre were treated to a thank you lunch yesterday, where two of their own were presented with service badges - Gloria McKechnie for 10 years service and Jenny Loy for five.
Mrs McKechnie said the key to volunteering was enjoying what you do.
"I enjoy meeting people and selling Warwick and the district to visitors and am passionate about the Visitor Information Centre," she said.
Mrs Loy said volunteering was a good way to set a positive example for others.
"I think it is important for the next generation to see we give of our time and selves and not just take - and the reward is what we personally gain from the experience and not always about money," she said.
In his inaugural speech after being sworn in as mayor, Cr Peter Blundell said this week was about celebrating our volunteers.
"Rest assured without these volunteers Warwick would not be the place it is and certainly the Visitor Information Centre acknowledges this," Cr Blundell said.
There are more than 6 million volunteers across Australia.
About 1.2 million people volunteer in Queensland.