Gippslanders are being urged to join more community and sporting groups by local MP Darren Chester.
Mr Chester has thanked all local volunteers and believes everyone who is able to volunteer should choose a local community group and get involved as much as possible.
“I get to meet thousands of volunteers every year at local organisations and they love what they do but they are concerned that their membership base is getting old, or dwindling in numbers,” Mr Chester explained.
“Volunteers are the lifeblood of our region and we are fortunate to have so many people who are already willing to give some of their time to local groups. I want to personally thank them for their tireless efforts.
“Whether it’s a sporting club, emergency services, local charity, school or community organisation, just a few hours can really make a difference and it’s getting harder to attract volunteers.
“We all lead busy lives, and it might be hard to find the time, but giving back to the community is what connects us to each other and helps to make our region an even better place to live, work and raise a family.”
Mr Chester was the president of a local business association before entering Parliament and still volunteers at surf life saving carnivals and his children’s sporting events.
“I’m aiming to put aside more time this year and join more local organisations too,” he said.
“I love Gippsland and volunteering is a great way to give something back to the community.”
National Volunteer Week is on May 20-26 and thousands of events will be held across Australia to recognise the six million people who already volunteer in their community.
More information is available at www.volunteeringaustralia.org.au