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National Volunteer Week celebrates Queenslanders who are making a world of difference

15 May 2019

National Volunteer Week, 20 – 26 May 2019, is a chance for Queenslanders to recognise and celebrate the efforts of 714,138 Queensland volunteers. This year we celebrate the 30th anniversary of National Volunteer Week.

Right across Australia, volunteers contribute enormously to advancing causes close to their hearts and striving to make positive change in the lives of those around them.

The theme for National Volunteer Week 2019 is Making a world of difference, which represents the millions of volunteers across the nation who make a profound impact in their communities and on society, through giving a little time. The week-long celebration will include breakfasts, morning/afternoon teas, as well as open days, award ceremonies, picnics, forums and training sessions.

Volunteering Queensland CEO Mara Basanovic said National Volunteer Week is a wonderful opportunity to say a heartfelt thank you to extraordinary everyday, unsung heroes – our volunteers.

“It’s time to reflect on the whole of community impact of volunteering in strengthening the economic, social, cultural and environmental well-being of our beautiful state. Thank you volunteers for making a world of difference!”

During National Volunteer Week is the 2019 Queensland Volunteering Awards Ceremony. Held on Friday 24 May in Brisbane, these awards celebrate and recognise the incredible work of Queensland’s volunteering community.

There are a number of events planned to celebrate National Volunteer Week 2019 across local Queensland communities. For more details, visit our website

For more information about National Volunteer Week 2019, contact Vanessa Codling, 07 3002 7617 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Ways you could cover National Volunteer Week 2019:

  • Attend the Queensland Volunteering Awards Ceremony (Friday 24 May 10am - 12noon at Brisbane City Hall) to gather volunteer stories, interview and profile the nominees, finalists and award recipients
  • Contact your local community groups or charities to see what events they’re running in National Volunteer Week
  • Profile local volunteers in your area
  • Interview local volunteers or volunteer-involving organisations
  • Encourage the community to thank our volunteers!

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 Volunteering Australia
 (02) 6251 4060


 Vanessa Codling
 Volunteering Queensland
 (07) 3002 7617