Local community champions celebrated at National Volunteer Week Sundowner

Published on Friday, 21 May 2021 at 3:00:00 PM

Our local volunteers shape Pingelly as a stronger, healthier and happier community to live, work and visit. Their time, energy and expertise delivers over $1.2million worth of service to the community each year which would otherwise not be possible.

With support from Volunteering WA and Lotterywest, the Shire of Pingelly treated our local volunteers (also known as our community champions!) to a buffet sundowner event at the Pingelly Recreation and Cultural Centre to formally acknowledge and celebrate their generous contributions to community life.
In 2021, National Volunteer Week was dedicated to:

  • Recognising, celebrating and thanking volunteers for the vital role they play in our lives;
  • Reconnecting to what is important by giving our time to help others and ourselves, following a challenging and uncertain year; and
  • Reimagining how we better support volunteers and the communities they serve.

Lansdell Family Music performed live music in the background with support of the Shire’s Live and Local Music Project. Each attendee received a gift bag, certificate of appreciation, a s well as an entry into the raffle to win one of two Pingelly Gift Cards to the value of $50 which were snagged by Kaye Watts and Wilma Warburton.

The event attracted over 100 RSVPs with volunteers representing a number of local community groups, sporting clubs and not for profit organisations. These included the Pingelly Community Resource Centre (comprising committee members, Pingelly Times, Community Car and Camera Club), Pingelly Somerset Alliance, the Pingelly Recreation and Cultural Centre board, Pingelly Tourism Group, Pingelly Arts and Craft Group, Pingelly Community Craft Centre, Pingelly Op Shop, Pingelly Museum and Historical Group, Pingelly Men’s Shed, Friends of Pingelly Railway Station Inc, Pingelly SES, Pingelly Volunteer Fire and Rescue, Pingelly St John Ambulance, Pingelly Bowling Club, Pingelly Panthers Netball Club and Shire of Pingelly Councillors.

Following a unique and challenging 12 months during the COVID-19 pandemic, the event was a tribute to the important role volunteers fulfill in keeping the community connected, informed and entertained to support positive health and wellbeing.

A sample of photos from the evening are below with more available to view from the National Volunteer Week album on the Shire's Facebook page.

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