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International Volunteer Day acknowledges some special Australians



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Senator Kate Lundy Parliamentary Secretary for Immigration and Citizenship

International Volunteer Day acknowledges some special Australians Sunday, 05 December 2010

The Parliamentary Secretary for Immigration and Citizenship, Senator Kate Lundy, today honoured those who give their time to help newly arrived refugees settle into the community as part of International Volunteer Day.

‘Our volunteers are the lifeblood of our communities,’ Senator Lundy said.

‘They are the unsung heroes who selflessly give up their time and energy to help improve the lives of others.

‘Every year, on 5 December, we celebrate International Volunteer Day to acknowledge the work and accomplishments of some very special Australians who volunteer their time to make a difference in our communities.

‘This year we are honouring the work of those who give their time help vulnerable people take their first steps as they build new lives in Australia.

‘They're our wonderful volunteers who work to provide support to newly arrived refugees under the Integrated Humanitarian Settlement Strategy [IHSS].’

The stories of two IHSS volunteers are featured in a video tribute on YouTube, produced by the Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC). See: ImmiTV

The video highlights the work of these volunteers, who both play a critical role in helping some of Australia's newest refugee arrivals to successfully settle, gain access to services and participate effectively in the community.

‘About 5.4 million Australians are involved in volunteer work each year; that's nearly one in four people who give their time and energy to help others,’ Senator Lundy said.

‘IHSS volunteers help provide both a bridge to the community and a warm welcome to our country.

‘This day offers us the opportunity to acknowledge and thank millions of special Australians,’ the parliamentary secretary added.

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URL: http://www.minister.immi.gov.au/parlsec/media/kl/2010/kl156162.htm Last update: Thursday, 16 December 2010 at 13:25 AEST