Regional areas reliant on selfless volunteers

Regional areas reliant on selfless volunteers

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INCREDIBLE SERVICE: Volunteer firefighters have gone above and beyond to keep communities safe this fire season.

INCREDIBLE SERVICE: Volunteer firefighters have gone above and beyond to keep communities safe this fire season.

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Volunteers can take many forms, and can be present in lots of different areas.

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Volunteers can take many forms, and can be present in lots of different areas.

I would do any list of possible volunteering options an injustice if I tried to name them all - there are just so many and all are very worthy.

This topic found its way into my consciousness as a result of the recent fires in multiple states, and the coverage the firefighting volunteers quite rightly received.

In regional areas, it is a given that there are many CFS members. This is not solely the domain of the farmers, as there are plenty of town residents that are also CFS volunteers. To all volunteers, I say, well done.

The most recent fire season meant extended tours of duty for the volunteers.

The other feature I noted was the distance some of the crews travelled to assist others in need.

This community service brings out the best in people.

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Regardless, of what we see on the nightly news, the vast majority of people are good honest folk, willing to help others in need.

Correspondingly, the bulk of volunteers in communities fly under the radar, and don't seek recognition or accolades. The satisfaction of knowing they are making a significant contribution is thanks enough.

This ethos is part of the DNA of country communities, and has been passed down from generation to generation.

Volunteering is commonplace in all communities. A high profile example can be found in sporting clubs.

Sporting clubs rarely have any paid positions, besides some reimbursement every now and again. But the positivity - or otherwise - of a country town can ebb and flow, depending on the local team's results.

Equally, most people understand that almost all organisations would cease to exist without people to help. This mindset keeps some organisations going a lot longer than they normally would.

Everyone knows that once a group ceases to operate, it rarely starts up again.

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