Saluting volunteers for their big efforts

By Benalla Ensign

This National Volunteer Week, CFA is recognising its almost 55000 volunteers that contribute to ‘‘making a world of difference’’ — which is this year’s theme.

Benalla, like every city and town in the country, has a lot to thank local CFA volunteers for.

As one of the world’s largest emergency services, they could not achieve their mission to protect lives and property without the contribution of volunteers who offer their time and expertise to protect one of the most bushfire-prone places in the world.

Acting Chief Officer Gavin Freeman highlighted the important role CFA volunteers play in the community.

“I’m incredibly proud of the work our volunteers do. Whether attending an incident, educating the community or supporting community causes, the work CFA volunteers do is outstanding,’’ Mr Freeman said.

“National Volunteer Week is about recognising the contributions our volunteers make across the state and there are a few volunteers that stand out for the work they are doing in making CFA a great organisation.

“I also want to thank the families of our members – their support allows our volunteers to contribute their time and commitment.”

Mr Freeman highlighted the work of Georgina McDonald, who is just one of many volunteers doing important work with CFA.

“Throughout her five years in CFA Georgina has turned out more than 640 times to provide assistance in her community as well as leading the local TRAG (Teenagers Road Accident Group) which aims to educate VCE students on the dangers and consequences of taking risks on our roads,’’ Mr Freeman said.

‘‘Her commitment to responding to incidents and educating the community make her invaluable to the organisation.’’

With National Volunteer Week kicking off last Monday CFA is asking the Victorian community to join it in thanking its wonderful volunteers for the work they do.

National Volunteer Week runs from May 20-26.