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Australia thanks over 4 million volunteers
03 December 2004

Melbourne: International Volunteer Day on 5 December marks the day we celebrate the significant contribution volunteers make to Australian community.

More than 4 million Australians (one in three adults) volunteer every year or an equivalent of over 704 million hours per year.

“Volunteers are the lifeblood of the community,” says Sha Cordingley, CEO of Volunteering Australia. “Some of our most vital community services, including beach patrols, rural firefighting services and environmental programs, rely on the support of volunteers.”

“This as a great opportunity for organisations to thank their volunteers for the contribution they have made in the past year.” says Ms Cordingley “As a community we have to ask ourselves where we would be without volunteers, so it’s timely that we say thanks.”

To celebrate International Volunteer Day, there are a number of activities and events planned throughout Australia. Visit Volunteering Australia IVD Events Calendar

To find current volunteering opportunities, visit GoVolunteer, Australia’s number one volunteer recruitment website. GoVolunteer advertises 8,000 unique volunteer positions each month.

Volunteering Australia is the national peak body working to advance volunteering in the Australian community. Its role is to represent the diverse views and needs of the volunteer movement while promoting the activity as one of enduring social, cultural and economic value.