This year’s National Volunteer Week, the 18th – 24th May, is very different to those in the past. For us here at Cancer Council ACT, we are unsure of what life will look like with our volunteers in the future. Certainly in the short term it’s a whole new experience. One thing we do know is that volunteers are the lifeblood of many organisations, including for us and we simply couldn’t do what we do, without you! This Week is an opportunity for us to say “thank you” to all our volunteers for their dedicated contributions.
We only have a small team in the ACT and our volunteers provide us with the surge capacity we need to achieve tasks and especially with our fundraising events. This includes assisting with small admin tasks, our highly regarded Wig Service and compiling fundraising packs, including Host Kits for Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea. To all and including our Relay For Life volunteer committee who do most of the legwork, our volunteers who do the shifts at Relay (including middle of the night), to our Army of volunteers who support us throughout our Daffodil Day campaign each August, we thank each and every one of you for your amazing support!
Our biggest volunteer activity, Daffodil Day, is still in the planning stage and especially because of the impact of COVID-19, we are still unsure exactly what it will look like. Many of our volunteers are in the higher risk categories so it’s not going to look quite the same this year as social distancing and some other restrictions will still be in place in August. We will be sure to keep our community informed as we know more.
We are also incredibly grateful to receive pro bono support from professional organisations in the ACT who provide their expertise to allow us to do our job better, both internally and externally, from legal advice to financial planning advice for people affected by cancer.
The ACT Board of Directors are also volunteers, as mentioned in the CEO’s message, and play a significant role in guiding our organisation through both normal and not-so-normal times.
Although COVID-19 might mean we have to change the way we do some things, it doesn’t mean we won’t need the support of volunteers in the future – it might just look a little different in the ‘new normal’.