The Central Victorian Volunteer Service teamed up with Federal Member for Bendigo, Lisa Chesters to host four events across Central Victoria to celebrate International Volunteer Day recently.

In partnership with local government and community groups, over 300 local volunteers were recognised at the events happening in Castlemaine, Woodend and Heathcote.

Ms Chesters said she was honoured to bring attention to the wonderful volunteers across Central Victoria. “Our volunteers and their organisations create a sense of belonging and build stronger local communities. International Volunteer Day is a wonderful opportunity to thank our volunteers and recognise their commitment to our community.”

Cobaw Community Health Chief Executive Officer Margaret McDonald attended the Woodend event. “With almost a quarter of our region currently volunteering, this is a fantastic opportunity to pause and say thanks. Volunteers by definition are givers and it is lovely to be able to give something back and thank them for all their contributions. They certainly don’t go unnoticed.

“Our volunteers are so passionate about what they do, and these events are a fantastic opportunity to hear their stories and really understand what drives them. We are extremely lucky to have them donating their time across the community,” Ms McDonald said.

The events were enjoyed by all and some fantastic photos were taken.

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