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National Volunteeer Week

04 May 2009

JCCV president lauds volunteers in the Jewish Community

Jewish Community Council President John Searle has praised the outstanding dedication displayed by the Victorian Jewish Community’s numerous volunteers.

“National Volunteer Week which commences on 11 May provides an opportunity to highlight the role of volunteers and to thank the many so-called everyday people who make an extraordinary contribution to our community.

It is estimated that more than 5 million Australian volunteers contribute some 700 million hours of community service every year to so many areas of society, including community health care, heritage and arts, environment conservation, emergency services, education, social justice and sports.

The Victorian Jewish community is particularly blessed with such people without whose support its many organisations would struggle to survive.

Volunteering takes many different forms: it includes the people who sit on committees; the children from our day schools who visit the sick and elderly; the mums and dads who coach junior sport teams; those who undertake hasbara for Israel; and the envelope stuffers and phone canvassers who raise funds for numerous worthy causes. Visit the Beth Weizmann Jewish community centre any day and you will see these helpers, young and old, in abundance.

While the JCCV honours our community’s volunteers at its annual Awards Night in November, we think of you much more often. All of you make a immeasurable contribution to the wellbeing of our community. I thank each and every one of you. We could not continue without your help.”

Please address any queries to Geoffrey Zygier on 0413 731545

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