Cancer Council will celebrate its statewide network of volunteers this week, acknowledging their tireless efforts to support all Queenslanders affected by cancer.
Today marks the start of National Volunteer Week 2017 (8 May–14 May), recognising millions of Australian volunteers under the banner Give Happy, Live Happy.
With 1300 registered volunteers involved in Cancer Council Queensland’s mission, registered volunteers outnumber staff by a factor of more than six to one.
Cancer Council Queensland CEO Ms Chris McMillan said volunteers were vital to cancer control at the community level.
“Volunteers are at the very heart of our work and core of our mission – we simply could not do what we do without them,” Ms McMillan said.
“From the many wonderful women and men who host morning teas, or sell fresh flowers on Daffodil Day, or join a Relay For Life organising committee, or work in so many other ways to make a difference for Queenslanders affected by cancer, we say thank you.
“Volunteers not only give back to the community, they get back a sense of purpose and profound contribution to the community.
“Right now, more than 1300 volunteers regularly give generously of their time and expertise, working across the continuum of cancer control and helping us to channel community donations to where they are most needed.
“Our volunteers make a difference in the lives of the 28,000 Queenslanders who are diagnosed with cancer each year and we thank them for their enthusiasm, dedication, and passion.”
Queenslanders who wish to volunteer are being urged to register with Cancer Council during National Volunteer Week.
“There is so much to be gained from volunteering with Cancer Council – we provide an array of opportunities which also help members of the community to develop their skills in areas such as event management, customer service, community support and communication,” Ms McMillan said.
“Volunteering is perfect for people of all ages and abilities, from uni students to senior Australians who want to network with their peers, even those looking to re-enter the workforce can gain from volunteering and giving back.
“If you’re looking for a meaningful experience, call us today or go to cancerqld.org.au to find out more about immediate volunteer positions.”
More information about Cancer Council Queensland is available at www.cancerqld.org.au or Cancer Council’s 13 11 20.
For more information or interviews, please contact:
Katie Clift, Executive Manager, Media and Spokesperson, Cancer Council Queensland