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National Volunteer Week is Australia’s largest annual celebration of volunteering and will be held across the country during 20 – 26 May 2024. The theme for National Volunteer Week 2024 is Something for Everyone.

The week-long event recognises the vital support that the millions of volunteers in our country provide to their communities and encourages people to consider volunteering.  Let’s come together during this time as we celebrate the transformative impact of everyone finding their role in making a difference through volunteering.

This year, we are incredibly proud to nominate our long serving volunteers for the WA Volunteer Service Awards, a Department of Communities initiative.  The program celebrates and recognises volunteers who have provided 5+years of service to West Australian Communities.  We are excited to be able to nominate 75 Cancer Council WA Volunteers for these awards.

Our volunteers generously donate their time, skills, knowledge, and experience to a wide range of activities, including:

  • Administration
  • As Board members
  • Fundraising
  • Events
  • Complementary therapists – Reiki, Beauty, Massage, Reflexology
  • Social support
  • Peer support
  • Transport to treatment drivers
  • Cook- a-meal
  • Gardeners
  • Lodge grounds tidy ups
  • Helping to assess research grants
  • Tackling very large mail outs and other bulk projects
  • Fitting and caring for wigs
  • Supporting visitors at our cancer centres

Additionally, we would like to recognise the outstanding contributions of volunteer Keith Pearce who has been nominated for the 2024 WA Volunteer of the Year Awards.

Presented by RAC, this award celebrates an individual who has made an exemplary voluntary contribution over the past year and who, through their volunteering, has made a significant impact in their community.  As a Cancer Council WA / Relay For Life West Coast Committee member, Keith played a pivotal role in orchestrating the event, meticulously managing logistics and guaranteeing a seamless experience for nearly 1000 participants over the 48-hour event.

Keith’s extensive history of volunteerism, spanning back to the early 1970s, underscores his unwavering dedication to helping others. Keith’s efforts have been pivotal in raising an astounding $300k in 2023 to support West Australians battling cancer. But his contributions don’t stop there. He extends his altruism to organizations like the Bali Bombing Association and the Non-Profit Rid Rooster, embodying the essence of volunteerism. Despite his multifaceted commitments, Keith remains a pillar of support in his community, offering guidance as the esteemed ex-shire president of Wanneroo.

At Cancer Council WA, we are very grateful for the generosity and dedication of all of our wonderful volunteers who work tirelessly to support West Australians affected by cancer.

If you’re interested in volunteering with us or would like to find out more, please visit Volunteer with us for more information.