Special reception to thank volunteers

THE City of Hobart held a special reception during National Volunteer Week (17-23 May) for Hobart’s volunteer and charity community.

Each year, the City of Hobart recognises the contributions of volunteers through a ceremony at the Hobart Town Hall.

Lord Mayor Anna Reynolds said this year’s event was especially important because last year’s was cancelled due to COVID-19.

“Across the past 12 months, volunteers have played such a huge role in helping people cope with the many and varied impacts of the pandemic,” she said.

“For example, our Community Event of the Year Award for 2021 was presented in January to the Show Hope initiative, through which food and essential items were provided to international students and people living in Hobart on temporary visas and who had lost their jobs as a result of Covid.

“Many of the 50-plus volunteers who worked with the Wellspring Anglican Church to make sure no one went without were international students themselves.”

The contributions of 90 volunteers were celebrated with certificates of appreciation, which they also received on behalf of 46 organisations and their fellow volunteers.

“This reception is a small way in which we can give our thanks to the members of our community who go out of their way to help others and make Hobart a great place to live,” Alderman Reynolds said.

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