Shadow Minister for Sport and Member for Mulgrave Curtis Pitt said Far North Queensland volunteers should be celebrated during National Volunteer Week which runs from 14 to 20 May 2012.

“National Volunteer Week is the largest celebration of volunteers and volunteerism in Australia,” Mr Pitt said.

“The week provides an opportunity to highlight the role of volunteers in our communities and to say thank you to the more than six million Australians who volunteer.

“Volunteers are essential to our community, and many charities would struggle to survive without the support of their volunteers.

”In the sport and recreation sector alone there’s a virtual army of volunteers who generously give of their time and their work can often go unrecognised.

“They are the coaches, board members, time keepers, officials and first aid officers. Others work behind the scenes to prepare playing surfaces, run canteens, coordinate working bees and raise funds for the clubs they love.

“Australian volunteers contribute more than 700 million hours of community service to so many areas of society, including community health care, heritage and arts, environment conservation, emergency services, education, social justice and sport.

“These people are an inspiration to all of us and highlight the great work being achieved behind the scenes, and for this they should be congratulated.”

Mr Pitt said National Volunteer Week was a chance to thank those who generously donate their time to help others.

“The theme for National Volunteer Week 2012 is ‘Volunteers – Every One Counts’ as every volunteer does make an important contribution to the local community,” Mr Pitt said.

“I know that every community organisation I speak to is always looking for more volunteers, so I urge anyone interested in helping the community to get involved.”

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