Thursday, 18 January 2018

Our View (9-5-2017): Magic mums and volunteers

NATIONAL Volunteer Week (May 8-14) is a time to celebrate those who give freely of their time to make our communities better places, and on Yorke Peninsula we have some of the best.

On the weekend, I took my son to the indoor play centre at the Copper Coast Visitor Information Centre. Volunteers were in charge, ensuring the play centre could be open on a Sunday as well as welcoming tourists, giving them information about our region and inviting them into The Farm Shed Museum.

We then headed next door to have a ride on the miniature train being run by volunteers from the Copper Coast Region Old Machinery and Engineering Club. They are providing a great attraction for locals and tourists.

It got me thinking about how many other people would be out volunteering their time during the weekend.

There were all those tied up with regular Saturday sport — from coaches to umpires, team managers, committee members, canteen conveners and more.

There was a come and try female footy event in Kadina and a marathon/fun run at Ardrossan, both requiring volunteers to organise, marshal, set up and pack up.

All of these people were giving up their time for the enjoyment of others.

Then there were SA Ambulance Service volunteers on call and Country Fire Service personnel called out to incidents.

I know this is just touching the surface of the many volunteers we have doing a variety of roles on YP.

Thank you to all our amazing volunteers!

It is also National Mothering Week.

I had a chuckle over a press release I received from Slater and Gordon Lawyers.

“We have reviewed your employment contract for Mothers’ Day and have found it does not meet the National Employment Standards. Your normal hours of work (24 hours a day, seven days a week) are well above the maximum weekly hours. You receive no penalty rates, no loading and no leave. Bathroom breaks are not permitted unless they are a group activity. However, the priceless love of your children is sufficient to know you wouldn’t trade the job for the world.”

Happy Mother’s Day to all mums!

Amie Price, Editor

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