May 13-19 is National Volunteer Week 2013. National Volunteer Week (NVW2013) is Australia’s largest celebration of volunteers and volunteerism.
Volunteers are the lifeblood of Australian cricket. They maintain over 4000 cricket clubs and associations and run 1300 MILO in2CRICKET Centres.
It’s thanks to the efforts of over 50,000 volunteers that over 900,000 Australians get the chance to play cricket.
Be it coaching, umpiring, running the canteen or preparing the sandwiches, no job is beyond the Australian cricket’s dedicated volunteers.
On average each of these volunteers commit 10 hours a week for 26 weeks of the year to cricket – 130,000,000 hours of service to the game annually!
There’s no way to express the rightful gratitude to each and every one of Australian cricket’s volunteers. Their contribution is simply too great. But each year, Australian cricket recognises the outstanding contribution of volunteers who have provided 50 years of service to cricket; nominates volunteers of the year; and recognises first time volunteers.
In recognition of 50 years of service, volunteers receive a gold-plated Cricket Australia pin in a velvet case struck for each recipient and a certificate signed by Mr Wally Edwards, Chairman Cricket Australia.
Each year one volunteer from each state and territory is chosen to represent the countless number of volunteers helping to make cricket Australia's favourite sport. Recipients get to attend the Allan Border Medal — a highlight of the Australian cricketing calendar.
First time volunteers are recognised for their contribution to Australian cricket via a certificate and letter of appreciation from Cricket Australia and the Australian Cricket Society.
To our volunteers: thank you from everyone in Australian cricket. Your efforts are truly appreciated and without them cricket would not succeed.
To find out more about Australian cricket’s volunteer program, visit http://www.cricket.com.au/get-involved/volunteering
The opinions expressed here are the views of the writer and do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of Cricket Australia
First Posted 16 May, 2013 12:35PM AEST