This week is National Volunteer Week in Australia and it is no coincidence that Life Saving Victoria’s May edition of eNews is featuring volunteer achievements across the breadth of our organisation and wider aquatic industry.

Volunteers are of course the lifeblood of organisations like LSV and this week we have taken the opportunity to join with others around Australia to show our collective gratitude for all the hard work volunteers do in this country.

We’ve enjoyed taking part in encouraging gratitude for volunteers through Volunteer Australia’s initiative of “Wave Your Appreciation for Volunteers”, which has seen Australians thanking volunteers from home by putting their hands up and waving a smile of appreciation online. We’ve also had fun donning orange and supporting our fellow emergency service workers in the SES for Wear Orange Wednesday.

And, of course, we couldn’t pass up the chance to shine a spotlight this week on some of the vital efforts undertaken by a range of LSV and aquatic industry volunteers, many of whom are often unsung heroes, who go above and beyond to help others.

While the need to celebrate the achievements of our volunteers is never far from our minds throughout any given year, we recognise these past six months or so have been particularly challenging for many of our members and volunteers especially after facing bushfires, air quality issues and now the coronavirus pandemic.

This month’s eNews is a special note of thanks to our diverse and growing volunteer base for their ongoing commitment to lifesaving and water safety in Victoria, especially during these extraordinary times.

We hope you enjoy it and until next month, stay healthy and stay safe.


May eNews story links:

Community comes first for aquatic facility staff in East Gippsland during bushfires

New membership records as LSV and clubs attract new volunteers

Capacity building work paying off at Mildura LSC

LSV launches youth initiative LSVj

LSV volunteer profile: Lisa Curran, Altona LSC president

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