National Volunteer Week is an annual event celebrating more than six million Australian volunteers who power our community. In Western Australia each year 600,000+ volunteers power our communities.
Around Australia, the Volunteering national, State and Territory peak bodies, as well as thousands of volunteer involving organisations will be paying tribute to the contribution of our remarkable volunteers through a wide variety of exciting events and awards.
In Perth the city has got red, red, reddy starting at the Causeway where you will see a floral V, the international symbol for volunteering. Planted by the City of Perth Parks and Landscapes Services to bloom during the week, it is a fresh living reminder of the importance of volunteers.
Today you will see V’s appearing around the city at St George’s Cathedral, the Perth Concert Hall and at the Perth Cultural Centre. During that evening East Perth’s Trafalgar Bridge, Parliament House, the Concert Hall, Council House and The Bell Tower will all proudly be shining red.
On Thursday, one of the highlights of the week, will be the announcement of the Western Australian Volunteer of the Year Award recipients by His Excellency Malcolm McCusker AC CVO QC, Governor of Western Australia and together with Mrs Tonya McCusker, the Co-Patron of Volunteering WA. The Awards presentation will take place at a gala dinner at the Hyatt Regency Perth Hotel.
The Western Australian Volunteering Awards are proudly presented by Volunteering WA with the valued support of Award partners the McCusker Charitable Foundation, Silver Chain, St John of God Subiaco Hospital, RAC, The West Australian Newspaper, Eduka, Adcorp and event partners Department of Local Government and Communities, Ferngrove Wines, Bell-Vista Fruit & Vegetable Company Limited and the Hyatt Regency Perth Hotel.
From Joondalup to Albany, in libraries, shopping centres, universities, schools, community and function centres, the offices of businesses and government agencies and in outdoor facilities, the volunteers who power our community will be acknowledged and prospective new volunteers will be welcomed.
For more information on National Volunteer Week events and activities around Western Australia, people should contact their local Volunteer Resource Centre, volunteer involving organisations, Local Government authorities, or visit www.volunteeringwa.org.au