National Volunteer Week 2015

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on 10 May 2015 
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It's my great pleasure to express, on behalf of the Bush Heritage Board, and all our staff, my deep appreciation and gratitude to the amazing individuals who volunteer their time and expertise to help in the conservation of Australia’s unique biodiversity.

Through your contribution last year, you donated 20,000 hours to more than 300 volunteer opportunities across the country. This inspiring effort is brought to life in the many stories that emerge of work done by Bush Heritage volunteers and the results achieved, including life-changing experiences.

Some of it is physical work on our reserves, or scientific research or at other times providing assistance and guidance to our team in the Melbourne office. Bush Heritage simply could not function without the support and dedication of our incredible volunteers.

Despite their many different roles, and their locations throughout the country, there's a common thread that binds our volunteers together. It's their determination

  • to be directly involved;
  • to make a practical difference and
  • to give of themselves to the wider cause of looking after those uniquely Australian places we have in our care.

I recently read a quote by the 19th century American Journalist and Lawyer Albert Pike. It states, ‘What we have done for ourselves alone dies with us; what we have done for others and the world remains and is immortal’.

The joint effort that we, as part of Bush Heritage, undertake together will make a significant difference to the people of today and to the world our children inherit.

So as we observe National Volunteer Week, Bush Heritage Australia wishes to say “Thank you” to our volunteers who continue to make a wonderful difference and we celebrate the power of the community to achieve and drive positive change in the environment.

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