Volunteers celebrated at council luncheon

The Volunteer Luncheon, held every year by the Naracoorte Lucindale Council and Limestone Coast Volunteer Coordinator Caroline Menzel, saw exceptional volunteers in the community recognised for their work in a variety of areas.

Whether it was health, aged care, education, etc. volunteers from all walks of life were recognised for their exceptional service.

The luncheon was held at the Naracoorte Men's Shed, and opened by the Shed's President Ken Schultz.

Naracoorte Lucindale Council Mayor Erika Vickery was the official emcee of proceedings.

"This year National Volunteer Week celebrates a milestone of 30 years," Mayor Vickery said.

"The annual celebration acknowledges the generous contribution of our nation's volunteers with thousands of events being held across the country to say thank you to the six million Australians who volunteer their time."

Collectively, volunteers contribute approximately $290 billion to the Australian economy. As well as enriching people's lives through social connections, volunteering gives people the opportunities to learn new skills.

These skills may be for personal interest, or they may be part of an employment pathway.

"To you the volunteers of Naracoorte and Lucindale, and on behalf of the community, I say, thank you," Mayor Vickery said.

"Your generous support and commitment really does make a true difference to our community."

The following volunteers were nominated by an individual or organisation for going that extra mile to helping others:

  • Hafeezullah Haidari
  • Bernie Richards
  • David Steadman
  • Daphne Burford
  • Jim Reekie
  • Murray Burdett
  • Judy Schinckel
  • Jamie Boyington
  • Evelyn Daniels
  • Mandy Tonello
  • Jayne Waters
  • Kelly Taylor
  • Charmayne Underwood
  • Oriel Martyn
  • Kerry Headlam
  • Mandy Corcoran
  • David Carter
  • Annette Smith
  • Alison Rowe

The catering was provided by Tanya Ham and Gather on Gordon, with Independent Learning Centre volunteers serving. Hafeezullah also provided some Asian cuisine.