Member for Moore Shane Love MLA has thanked the electorate’s volunteers for their valiant service during the coronavirus crisis and urged others in the community to join the COVID-19 recovery effort.
Mr Love said National Volunteer Week, which runs from 18 to 24 May, was the perfect time to shine a light on those who give up their time to help others.
“The commitment of our volunteers makes our towns and cities great places to live, work and play,” he said.
“Regional West Australians have a great appreciation of volunteers because without them crucial health and rescue services, firefighting, plus many events, programs and sports wouldn’t operate.
“As part of National Volunteers Week I invite everyone in Moore put up your hand and wave a smile of appreciation to those who support us.”
Mr Love was concerned by a recent study paper by the Australian National University which reported a sharp decline in volunteer hours during the coronavirus restrictions.
“The report stated almost two-thirds of volunteers dropped out between February and April this year and that has significant impacts on a variety of key services,” he said.
“Our success in fighting COVID-19 has been based on sticking together so I urge people with the time and inclination to get back to or commence such a personally-rewarding task as volunteering because it will help our communities rebound from the crisis.
“Just as some volunteers helped us cope with the restrictions and healthcare matters over the past couple of months we’re going to need them as much as ever to lead us to a recovery from this dark time.
“Regional WA matters so thank you to all our great volunteers for everything you have done – and what you will do in the near future.”