Lush national parks, pristine beaches, great fishing and wonderful towns surround us every day.
But in order to get keep living the way we’ve become accustomed to we need to do our part to care for our environments.
The Formby Bay Environmental Action Group is always hard at work in the community and a recent grant will allow it to continue; meanwhile members joined the Hands Across the Sand protest movement during the weekend.
Groups like this operate across the peninsula, often without recognition.
Tickera’s Ray Wallis is also doing his bit in his capacity as a Fishcare volunteer, helping educate locals and visitors about fish stocks.
These are just two stories in this week’s paper with a volunteering focus.
We could fill page upon page with stories of volunteers, those people who care for our communities, and their organisations, but we’d still miss some quiet achievers.
National Volunteer Week is May 21-27, and is a great opportunity to thank those who help us.
This year’s theme, “Give a little. Change a lot”, perfectly describes the attitude many volunteers bring to the table each and every day.
From emergency service personnel, to progress associations, service clubs, local sports coaches, umpires and administrators, and environmental groups, together they help our community function at the highest level.
Many groups are finding it hard to attract volunteers, needing to replenish numbers due to age and trying to fight the busy demands of modern life.
Being a volunteer involves a little of your time but, by working with like-minded individuals, you can create change and make the community a better place.
If you see a volunteer this week, don’t forget to thank them for their work and maybe ask them how you can get involved too.