2RPH celebrates National Volunteer Week 2019
Wed, 15 May 2019
2019 marks 30 years of officially celebrating the service and commitment of volunteers around Australia. National Volunteer Week (NVW) is the annual celebration to acknowledge the generous contribution of our nation’s volunteers.
As an organisation that relies on volunteers for the production, presentation and operations of the programming, 2RPH wouldn’t exist without its valuable community of nearly 200 volunteers.
Coming from all backgrounds and parts of NSW, many 2RPH volunteers have been with the station for several years. Last year, at the first Mid-Year Celebration to recognise volunteers, the station acknowledged 15 volunteers who had been contributing their time and energy to 2RPH for 20 years or more.
The theme for Volunteering Australia’s National Volunteer Week is, ‘Making a world of difference’.
Each and every day, the volunteers of 2RPH do just that. They make a world of difference to individuals who cannot read or access the daily newspapers or popular magazines and books for themselves. We all deserve to live in a society where we feel included, no matter what life has dealt us, and 2RPH’s volunteers help make that possible.
During National Volunteer Week from 20-26 May, thousands of events will be held across the country to say thank you to the six million Australians who volunteer their time. The week-long celebration will include breakfasts, morning/afternoon teas, and luncheons, as well as open days, award ceremonies, picnics, forums and training sessions.
Established in 1989, National Volunteer Week was the first collaborative attempt to promote volunteering nationally. It is the largest celebration of volunteers and volunteerism in Australia and provides an opportunity to highlight the role of volunteers in our community.
Historically, National Volunteer Week has focused on recruitment and provided a national focus for volunteer-based organisations wanting to recruit volunteers. However, after extensive research after National Volunteer Week in 2007, the focus changed to be one of celebrating volunteering and thanking volunteers, with recruitment a natural by-product.
Volunteering plays a vital role not just for 2RPH but for the development of social cohesion and social connection, as well as providing a means for people to give back to their community.
At 2RPH, we are incredibly proud and grateful for all of our volunteers, so we wholeheartedly support this year’s week-long celebration and will be broadcasting thank you messages during the week.
If you are interested in volunteering with 2RPH, please visit our Get Involved page.