Note: Where available, the PDF/Word icon below is provided to view the complete and fully formatted document
International Volunteers Day - Saturday 5 December.



Download WordDownload Word

image

 

MEDIA RELEASE

PARLIAMENTARY SECRETARY TO

THE MINISTER FOR FOREIGN AFFAIRS

THE HON KATHY SULLIVAN MP

 

AA100

 

4 December 1998

 

INTERNATIONAL VOLUNTEERS DAY - SATURDAY 5 DECEMBER

On International Volunteers Day, I am delighted to acknowledge the tremend ous contribution made by volunteers to Australia’s overseas aid program.

Since the 1960s, more than 5,000 qualified Australians have devoted their time and expertise to improving the lives of people in developing countries.

These dedicated individuals are very much the human face of Australia’s overseas aid program. They have come from all walks of life and work in developing countries in areas as diverse as seed technology, teaching, radiography and panel beating.

On their return home, volunteers enrich our society by sharing their experiences with other Australians, and helping to strengthen the links between Australia and other countries.

The Australian Government assists volunteer aid programs through funding grants to non-government organisations. At least $17 million has been provided for this financial year.

As part of a new initiative, the Government is giving 500 young Australians aged between 18 and 30 the opportunity to work on development projects in the Asia Pacific region through the Australian Youth Ambassadors for Development program. The first group of Youth Ambassadors will take up their placements in February 1999.

The contribution of volunteers to the aid program is being recognised by the presentation of Certificates of Appreciation to returned volunteers at a series of ceremonies around the country.

Ceremonies have already been held in Sydney, Ipswich and Gold Coast City. Further ceremonies are planned for Canberra, Melbourne, Adelaide and other capital and regional cities.

 

Media contacts :

Judi Nixon (Mrs Sullivan's office) 07 5591 1011 / 0411 287 258  

Matt Francis (AusAID) 02 6206 4967 / 0417 683 126

 

 

 

jy