The International Year of Volunteering, 2001, served to celebrate and recognise the extensive and selfless contribution volunteers give to the community.
Over the last ten years, volunteerism in Western Australia has grown to the extent that some 600 000 volunteers contribute an estimated $6.6 billion to our state economy.
Volunteering extends to all sectors of the community, in fields such as education, environment, culture and the arts or sport, to name a few. Without volunteers the social and economic wellbeing of this state would be much less secure.
The coming year 2011, will mark 10 years since the International Year of Volunteering in 2001. This presents a timely opportunity to reflect on past achievements and look towards what can be advanced over the next decade. Western Australia is situated in prime position to continue its social and economic growth and this will be supported greatly by volunteers.
It is planned that events and activities occurring throughout 2011 will provide an opportunity for volunteers to be recognised for their valuable role in the community and to promote volunteering as a worthwhile and an achievable activity for everyone to undertake.
To commemorate a decade since the International Year of Volunteering, a celebratory afternoon tea is to be held at Government House on Sunday 5 December 2010. This special event will launch the 2011 International Year of Volunteering +10.
Please download an invitation to this special occassion.