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Volunteer workers thanked with a big day out in Australia
06 December 2004

Fairfax, Australia: A mother-daughter team with more than 40 years of contributing to the arts in Warrnambool was among the many volunteers thanked as part of International Volunteer Day yesterday.

Jean and Elizabeth Field, who work as unpaid ushers at Warrnambool's entertainment centre, joined about 150 people for a free day out and afternoon tea at Flagstaff Hill.

Jean, who finished up as an usher about six months ago, began volunteering at the PAC when it first opened in February 1983, with her daughter Elizabeth following in her footsteps about six months later.

Both agreed yesterday had been a great day, particularly because volunteers don't expect anything in return for their services.

"We did it for fun," Jean said.

"I wouldn't have been doing it if I didn't like it. I've always liked the stage and I love the musicals."

The south-west celebration of volunteers was organised by Warrnambool City Council and its volunteer resource centre.

Centre manager Margaret Watt said the aim of the day was to have a nice informal event to recognise the contributions of volunteers in the south-west.

From: The Standard