May 15
Western Nsw Lhd Says ‘thanks A Million’ To Its Volunteer Groups

 It’s National Volunteer Week (May 13-19) and Volunteering Australia is encouraging local organisations to say ‘Thanks a Million’ to the more than six million Australians who volunteer their time across a variety of workplaces.

The Health Promotion team from Western NSW Local Health District is thanking its volunteers this year with pins of appreciation.

Volunteers in Western NSW help run physical activity groups such as Tai Chi, Aquafitness, community exercise classes and pole walking in local centres from Lightning Ridge to Cowra. The Health Promotion team provides free leader training for all these activities and greatly appreciates the work of both volunteers and staff.

“Volunteers play a vital role in offering exercise opportunities that otherwise wouldn’t be available in rural areas. We certainly appreciate their efforts and want to say ‘Thanks a Million’ in 2013,” said Health Promotion Officer Kerry Smith.

“Studies show volunteers contribute over 200 billion dollars’ worth of work across the nation each year and in Western NSW they provide services that are not commercially viable.

“Volunteer led classes in towns and villages across our Local Health District encourage people to get together and be more active,” Ms Smith said.

If you would like to become a volunteer physical activity leader please contact your local Community Health Centre or Health Promotion Officers Kerry Smith 6850 2277, Rosemary Stapleton, Michele Singleton or Trevor Slattery on 6363 8000, or Michael Reece on 6841 5585.

As Volunteering Australia notes, volunteering creates active links between people and organisations with resulting widespread benefits for the well being of individuals and society at large.

Volunteers – Thanks a Million! 

Media Contact:

For more information please contact Health Promotion Officer Kerry Smith

Ph 6850 2277 Mob 0449 744 679