The Burnie City Council in conjunction with Volunteering Tasmania hosted a function at the Burnie Civic Centre to recognise the contribution of the many volunteers that had been nominated for the presentation of Certificates of Appreciation by Deputy Mayor, Alderman John Munro.
In Alderman Monro's words. "Today the City wishes to recognise the extraordinary achievements of the volunteers helping to build a stronger Burnie community. This afternoon Tea is to recognise the extraordinary achievements of local people who have made a difference to the Burnie community by volunteering their time, service and skills to a Burnie organisation or project.
Let us celebrate ordinary people, doing extraordinary things, over long periods of time. Following their passions, fulfilling their dreams and in the process helping to build a stronger Burnie community.
The combined contribution of these extraordinary volunteers equals
23 people volunteering 2,000 hours = 46,000 hours
16 people volunteering 5,000 hours = 80,000 hours
17 people Volunteering 10,000 hours = 170,000 hours
That's a total of 296,000 hours volunteered by these fifty six people Which is 12,333 days.
Or 1762 weeks volunteered.
Or 34 years working twenty four hour days, seven days a week.
Calculating their contribution at $15.00 per hour for this work, it would cost the community $4,440,000 for their combined contributions.
Thanks a million!!!!! (4.4 actually)"
Being one of the recipients, it was amazing just who did what, and for whom. People that were known to me personally, but I had no idea of their involvement with community organisations. The silent people, those that had never been recognised previously. Others I knew about through my association with the same groups. To each and every one of them, my congratulations on a job well done.
One has to wonder how all the information was derived from other than from personal interviews by the nominators. Unfortunately, there must be many more in the community that were not nominated for the awards through no fault of their own.
To those people keep working, your time will come and you will receive the plaudits that you are so richly deserving of.
The following people from the Burnie Online Access Centre were recognised.
The presentations were made by Deputy Mayor Alderman John Munro with brief resumes by Alderman Sandra French. Projected graphics by Allison Daley.
2,000 hours, at the Burnie Online Access Centre.
5,000 hours, at BOAC & Montello Primary School.
10,000 hours, at BOAC, St John Ambulance, and Australian Red Cross.
10,000 hours, at BOAC, Burnie Visitor Info Centre, Australian Red Cross, Australian Army Cadets, City of Burnie Lions Club, Burnie Citizens Radio Club, & NW Radio Repeater Association (Burnie).
Kelvin Ryder and John Medwin with their awards, amongst 15 others who also received these pins and Life Membership of the 10,000 Hour Club.
And still we will continue to serve our community while we are able to.
John "The Old Goat."
You will never make the world laugh."