THIS week is National Volunteer Week, a time to say thank you to the 6 million volunteers in Australia who contribute towards community, environmental, sporting, welfare, emergency, education and cultural services annually.
Lake Macquarie's thousands of volunteers show people are proud to live in our city and want to make it a better place.
An example of this is the many volunteers of Lake Macquarie Landcare, who not only work together to protect and enhance the local environment but who also demonstrate true community spirit through their hard work and dedication.
The council noted the contribution and achievements of its Landcare volunteers at a barbecue and awards presentation this week.
Volunteers play an integral role in many organisations across Lake Macquarie and last week I had the pleasure of meeting a group of dedicated technical officials from the Coast and Valley Swimming Association.
These volunteers lend their time and talents, for no remuneration, to a sport that they love and work hard to support.
More than 150 volunteers from this association donate their time to run meets, keep time and monitor swimming technique for local swimming clubs.
They will be assisting with the swimming events of the Lake Macquarie International Children's Games in December this year.
If you are interested in becoming a volunteer for the Games and being part of this momentous occasion you can register your interest at icg-lakemacquarie2014.com.