RECOGNITION: Vision Australia has thanked Julie Larsen for the newspaper reading service she offers the vision impaired on the Coffs Coast. Photo: Trevor Veale / Coffs Coast Advocate
RECOGNITION: Vision Australia has thanked Julie Larsen for the newspaper reading service she offers the vision impaired on the Coffs Coast. Photo: Trevor Veale / Coffs Coast Advocate Trevor Veale

Volunteers get nothing but are invaluable

VOLUNTEERS are never paid but in a community sense they are priceless.

With National Volunteers Week under way, organisations on the Coffs Coast are recognising the importance of those who give freely of their time for the benefit of the community.

Bringing news to the visually impaired

Vision Australia wished to thank its 28,800 volunteers.

Julie Larsen of Coffs earned special praise.

"In her 15 years at Vision Australia, Julie has been a narrator for Vision Australia's radio station," Vision Australia CEO Ron Hooton said.

"She and her volunteer colleagues read articles of interest from The Advocate, which is a local Coffs Harbour paper.

"We read news that is specifically local. We don't cover national or international issues because people can hear that news from the big media outlets."

Keeping the coast clear and safe

Marine Rescue said the week celebrating the service of the 3000 members of Marine Rescue NSW was also a great opportunity for others to join and help keep the coast clear.

"When you're in trouble on the water, the sight of a Marine Rescue NSW crew heading to your rescue is guaranteed to make you happy," Marine Rescue NSW Commissioner Stacey Tannos said.



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