Region’s helpers thanked as part of National Volunteer Week

Local volunteers were rewarded for their contributions to the community by the Central Goldfields Shire this week for National Volunteer Week.

Maryborough’s volunteers have been thanked for their many contributions to the town and shire this week with a special afternoon tea.

The Central Goldfields Shire gathered together volunteering groups and individuals at the Central Goldfields Art Gallery on Tuesday to present them with certificates of appreciation for their hard work within the community.

The event takes place each year during National Volunteer Week, which runs from May 20-26 and gives thanks to the millions of Australians who volunteer their time for their communities.

Central Goldfields Shire administrator Karen Douglas spoke at the gallery and said it was great to see so many volunteers gathered together.

“This is a real community acknowledgment day, it’s great to celebrate the people who are out there day in and day out volunteering their time,” she said.

“We couldn’t do anything without our volunteers, most of them do far more than is expected of them.

“We’re just so fortunate to have so many volunteers within our community.

“Having this event also provides a bit of a network for volunteers because they work in their own areas and don’t always get the chance to get together in the one spot.”

Volunteers from Meals on Wheels, Central Goldfields Art Gallery, Community Bus, Central Goldfields Shire Visitor Information Centre, Planned Activity Group, Mary- borough Regional Library and L2P Learner Driver Mentor Program attended the afternoon.

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