South Australians urged to attend today’s National Volunteer Week parade
South Australians are urged to attend today's National Volunteer Week opening parade which celebrates the dedication and efforts of our tireless volunteer sector.
Volunteers Minister Zoe Bettison said volunteers who assisted with the Sampson Flat bushfire emergency and recovery effort will be foremost in South Australians' minds at this year's event.
"January's bushfire emergency really highlighted the strength, compassion and motivation of the volunteer sector here in South Australia," Ms Bettison said.
"Whether it was the volunteer firefighters, Rotary and Red Cross members or the countless South Australians who spontaneously volunteered through Volunteering SA/NT, these South Australians really stood up when their community was in its greatest need."
The parade will start at 10.30am at the Torrens Parade Ground before travelling up King William Street to Victoria Square for speeches and a volunteer barbeque at midday. Channel Nine's Brenton Ragless will MC the event.
It will include service animals and vehicles as well as the Band of the South Australian Police.
"Adelaide is the only city in Australia that blocks off its streets to recognise the efforts of our volunteers," Ms Bettison said.
"By stopping traffic in Adelaide for this wonderful parade we are saying just how central volunteers are to our lives in South Australia.
"The parade gives us the chance to acknowledge the more than 900,000 South Australian volunteers who make an incredible contribution to our communities.
"South Australia has a long and proud tradition of volunteering, and we should all join together and say thank you to all our volunteers during National Volunteer Week.
"Every day volunteers are improving the wellbeing of our communities and our environment. They are caring in our hospitals, mentoring young people, coaching sport, fundraising, planting trees, fighting fires and saving lives."
There are a range of National Volunteer Week events being held across South Australia including a Volunteer and Work Experience Fair on Tuesday, the Town of Walkerville 2015 Volunteer Awards and the Mount Barker Volunteer Movie Day on Friday.
For a full list of events, visit www.volunteeringsa.org.au/