As Governor of Queensland and Patron of Volunteering Queensland, I am very pleased to express my gratitude and appreciation for all Queensland volunteers.
It has been difficult for us all to keep our physical distance and limit our normal activity this year, but Kaye and I have been greatly heartened to see Queenslanders respond to COVID-19 challenges so positively and in so many imaginative and innovative ways.
Despite the fact that we cannot be with our friends and colleagues, Volunteering Queensland has shown us that National Volunteer Week can still be celebrated, and I thank them for the work they have done to encourage volunteer-involving organisations across the State to embrace technology and organise ‘virtual’ events. The results speak for themselves.
At the latest count, there were close to three quarters of a million volunteers in this State – 714,138 to be precise – and collectively, those men, women and young people make an enormous economic, social, cultural and environmental contribution to our State and to our nation.
I was looking forward to presenting the Queensland Volunteering Awards during National Volunteer Week. While this was not to be, I know that Volunteering Queensland is hoping that this important annual ceremony of recognition can still be celebrated in some form later this year.
I thank you all again for the contribution you all continue to make. Take care and stay safe.
His Excellency the Honourable Paul de Jersey AC
Governor of Queensland
National Volunteer Week is proudly supported by the Queensland Government.