National Volunteers Week celebrated across Shire

Events were held across the Shire throughout the week to thank the community’s volunteers with entertainment and a free ticket to the newly re-opening Euroa Community Cinema.

Kicking off the week was a hilarious performance from Greg Champion at the Violet Town Bowls Club. A full house of volunteers enjoyed the frivolities of the former Couldabeen Champions radio show host.

Strathbogie Shire Council Mayor Cr Laura Binks said it was great to see so many people enjoying the event.

“We also had a lovely time at Avenel where volunteers were challenged to a few ends of bowls before a sandwich lunch,” Cr Binks said.

“The Third Age Club in Euroa hosted a luncheon and a musical afternoon that even included some impromptu boot-scooting.

“Our lovely Longwood volunteers spent the evening playing an indoor bowls competition and the week was capped off with a dinner event at the Nagambie Bowls Club featuring musical entertainment.”

Cr Binks said the week was a fantastic reminder of why volunteering is such an important activity – both for individuals and the communities they volunteer for.

“There are so many benefits to being a volunteer. Often people think it is an activity that you do after retirement but there are so many volunteers across so many different walks of life,” she said.

“Volunteering really is for everyone! It can bring meaning and purpose to your life, while increasing your self-esteem and wellbeing.

“Volunteering can also relieve stress, and alleviate symptoms of depression. As well as having a positive impact on your community, volunteering can improve your relationships.”

Cr Binks said there were many different avenues to volunteer with Strathbogie Shire Council.

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