A big thank you to the vollies who do us proud

Kellie BalaamNarrogin Observer
Member for Roe Peter Rundle, Priya Cooper and St John Ambulance volunteers Cheryl and Kevin Blake.
Camera IconMember for Roe Peter Rundle, Priya Cooper and St John Ambulance volunteers Cheryl and Kevin Blake. Credit: Kellie Balaam

Local volunteers were thanked for their contributions last Thursday during a function hosted by the Shire of Narrogin.

Dinner, drinks and lively discussions were shared over the course of the evening, with speeches from Nationals Member for Roe Peter Rundle, and the 1999 Young Australian of the Year for sport and world champion Paralympic swimmer Priya Cooper.

Volunteers, Shire staff and Priya Cooper at the function.
Camera IconVolunteers, Shire staff and Priya Cooper at the function.

Shire of Narrogin president Leigh Ballard said the event was a small way of thanking volunteers whose contributions shaped the community.

“Volunteers are the backbone to our community, and without them services such as Meals on Wheels, the CATS car, St John Ambulance, emergency services and sporting clubs wouldn’t exist in country towns,” he said.

Shire councillors Brian Seale and Sophie Lushey.
Camera IconShire councillors Brian Seale and Sophie Lushey.

Mr Rundle said volunteers were just as important as paid staff.

“For me, I’ve been brought up in the country all my life and my family have always been involved in sport, so from a young age I was coaching tennis or helping out at the golf club and that extra support really has an impact on communities,” he said.

Cooper has used the success of her career to become a motivational speaker, sharing her stories as a reminder that any dream can come true with the strength of sheer determination.

The 1999 Young Australian of the Year for Sport and world champion Paralympic swimmer Priya Cooper giving her motivational speech.
Camera IconThe 1999 Young Australian of the Year for Sport and world champion Paralympic swimmer Priya Cooper giving her motivational speech.

Cooper said it was a pleasure to talk to the volunteers within the Narrogin community.

“I had a lot of comm-unity support during my swimming career, and it’s great to see other communities showing the same support for volunteers,” Cooper said.

Arts Narrogin chair woman Dianne Strahan with Deborah Hughes-Owen.
Camera IconArts Narrogin chair woman Dianne Strahan with Deborah Hughes-Owen.
CATS car volunteer Bev Gray, Meals on Wheels chairman Alan Robb, Peter Rundle and Karinya volunteer Jeanette Robb.
Camera IconCATS car volunteer Bev Gray, Meals on Wheels chairman Alan Robb, Peter Rundle and Karinya volunteer Jeanette Robb.
Sandra and Howard O'Neill from Narrogin Race and Pace with Councillor Jacqui Early.
Camera IconSandra and Howard O'Neill from Narrogin Race and Pace with Councillor Jacqui Early. Credit: Kellie Balaam
Peter Rundle, Lions volunteer Ian Wardell-Johnson, Friends of Karinya Myra and Lach Thornton and Freemasons Simon Vogel.
Camera IconPeter Rundle, Lions volunteer Ian Wardell-Johnson, Friends of Karinya Myra and Lach Thornton and Freemasons Simon Vogel.

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