Volunteers the fabric of rural and regional communities

Volunteers are the backbones of our communities.

This isn’t news to anyone who has ever lived or worked in a rural or regional area, but it’s something we can tend to take for granted.

Every day, there are people out and about across the Clare Valley and Mid North selflessly giving to help others.

Ask any of these people why they volunteer, and the answer you will get, more often than not, is: “it's just what you do”.

Be it the local history group, sporting clubs or providing meals to the elderly, these real-life guardian angels each contribute to creating a positive and successful world.

Starting this week, the Northern Argus is embarking on a four-week campaign in which we recognise the contributions of some of our tireless local volunteers.

This week’s subject, Val Tilbrook, is a name and face known to many, and we believe, a suitable person to kick off our campaign.

For years, Val has contributed countless hours to preserving and researching the region’s history, along with other volunteer efforts.

Val has also assisted Meals on Wheels, local sports groups and used to record audio tapes of the weekly Argus to ensure the vision impaired could keep up-to-date with local news and events.

It’s people like Val who make our communities the great places they are.

Likewise, local sport relies almost entirely on an extended family of volunteers.

The teams simply would not function without their volunteers, whose only reward is the success of their teams or perhaps watching one of their young charges move to an elite level.

In the coming weeks, we hope to recognise some of these volunteers, and thank them in our own small way. We encourage our readers to also acknowledge the dedicated volunteers of your community groups.