Say thank you to the 1.2 million

EVERY year across Queensland, up to 1.2 million volunteers make a difference and enrich the lives of thousands of people they meet and help.

This week, Communities Minister Tracy Davis is asking Queenslanders to join her in thanking the state's army of volunteers during National Volunteer Week from May 13-19.

"National Volunteer Week is the largest celebration of volunteers in Australia and it is a great opportunity to say thank you to each and every volunteer in Queensland," Ms Davis said.

"Volunteers add billions to the economy each year and they contribute to the strength and resilience of communities, but even more importantly, they make Queensland a better place to live.

"This was highlighted over summer as Queenslanders once again pulled together to help out their friends, neighbours and in some cases, strangers, as we faced another season of natural disasters."

Ms Davis said the State Government showed its support for volunteers by providing $22,500 to Volunteering Queensland to deliver a range of National Volunteer Week events including the annual launch event, One Big Thank You.

Volunteering Queensland's CEO Perry Hembury said volunteering had a vital role in building community resilience.

"We recognise that volunteering is at the forefront of social inclusion and community resilience that makes for a better and healthier society," Mr Hembury said.

"We promote the many transitional social pathways that provide answers for people in moving from study to work; unemployment to work; disadvantage to work and work to retirement."

Ms Davis said this year's theme was 'Thanks 1.2 million' to reflect the number of volunteers in Queensland and highlight how important each individual volunteer is to this great state.

For more information about the Queensland events for National Volunteer Week, visit or visit for more information on volunteering.          

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