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Volunteers given deserved recognition | The West Australian

Volunteers who work tirelessly and dedicate their time to helping people and communities were recognised this week.

Thank a Volunteer Day was celebrated in Esperance and Kalgoorlie-Boulder yesterday.

Kalgoorlie-Boulder Volunteer Centre co-ordinator Marta Perona said volunteers were the backbone of communities and deserved recognition.

“A lot of volunteers shy away from the limelight,” she said.

“These people need to be recognised because they put their life and soul into what they do, they’re the fabric of our community.

“They sometimes spend more hours volunteering than they do their normal jobs and if we didn’t have them, seniors wouldn’t get their lunches or people wouldn’t receive emergency ambulance attention.”

The centre will host a ceremony tomorrow night to award volunteers across a range of categories including youth and senior volunteering, to emergency services.

The Esperance Volunteer Resource Centre thanked volunteers with a free breakfast.

Centre co-ordinator Erica Austen said Thank a Volunteer Day brought volunteers together.

“Volunteering is the hub of a local community,” she said.

“It brings like-minded people together and just gives a sense of community when you have people involved with things that need to be done.”

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