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Marine Rescue NSW celebrates National Volunteer Week

MARINE Rescue NSW has encouraged members of the community to take the time to thank a volunteer during National Volunteer Week, from today until Sunday, May 17.

The theme of the 26th National Volunteer Week is Give happy. Live happy. More than six million Australian volunteers give happiness to others each year through their volunteering activities and research says that those volunteers are happier as a result.

MRNSW Commissioner Stacey Tannos said this week was a great opportunity to recognise the work of six million volunteers across the nation – including more than 3,000 members of Marine Rescue NSW – and the vital contribution they made to all sectors of our community.

“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,” he said.

“We can all return some of that happiness this week by making sure we take the time to thank our volunteers for their tremendous work to save lives on the water and commitment to community service.

“The NSW boating public is much safer on the water thanks to the skill and vigilance of our members. I thank them all for their time and dedication, not just this week but every week of the year.

“Volunteers are selfless quiet achievers, who truly deserve the public acclaim they receive during National Volunteer Week. We should applaud them all.”

Marine Rescue NSW has 45 units along the coastline from the Queensland border to Eden and inland on the Alpine Lakes in the Snowy Mountains and the Murray River at Moama.

Members of the community who are interested in volunteering should get in touch with their local Marine Rescue NSW unit or visit for more information.

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