National Volunteer Week
Not every superhero wears a cape
The local theme for National Volunteer Week 2017 was: ‘not every superhero wears a cape.’ Because being a volunteer is like being a superhero; unsung but without whom life just isn’t the same.
National Volunteer Week provides a great opportunity for us all to say thank you to the many volunteers who help make our community stronger, and encourage more people to get involved. It is a time for volunteers to shine, a time to tell us why they volunteer and what they do for the community.
To that end, Volunteering Ballarat celebrated the week with two major events.
On Monday, May 8 the week was launched at an event co-hosted with The City of Ballarat. Around 50 people attended a ‘tree planting’ ceremony followed by presentations of recognition to volunteer involving organisations. MC for the event was Wayne Weaire, Chair of United Way Ballarat and The Ballarat Foundation. Madame Mayor, Samantha McIntosh, spoke about the enormous value to our city of every person who volunteers their time to others. Cr McIntosh also read a beautiful poem by H. E Ramsay The trees of Ballarat; most appropriate with the dedication of the tree in honour of the Week.
Festival of Volunteering
On Saturday, May 13, a Festival of Volunteering was held at St Patrick’s hall, showcasing the many and varied volunteer organisations in our region. The Festival included display stalls, entertainment, panel discussions, demonstrations and activities.
The theme of the event was ‘I volunteer because….’
Catherine King MP officially opened the event whilst MC for the day was Bronwen Clark from Volunteering Victoria.
3o volunteer agencies were involved in the day’s activities with many other entertainers rounding out the day. Each interview and panel session was a chance for agencies and individuals to say “I volunteer because….”
A huge thank you to the committee who made the day the success it was:
- Sue Jakob, Ballarat Health Services
- Tracey Milne, Pinarc Disability Support
- Taryn Williams, Big Brothers Big Sisters
- Nicky Barton, Lifeline
- Andrew Milligan, SportsCentral
- Sarah Membrey, CFA
- Chris Berry, SES
- Trish Young, ACU
- Naomi Biggs, Federation University
- Torie Campbell, L2P (United Way Ballarat)
- Margo Pettit, United Way Ballarat
More photos of the two events can be viewed here.