To mark International Volunteer Day, Bruno Lopreiato, President of CNA Multicultural Services released a statement, thanking all volunteers who so strongly have always been the backbone of the organisation and continue to ensure that the needs of the local community are addressed as much as possible.

“Today is International Volunteer Day. It is a day to celebrate and promote volunteering, to acknowledge all those who dedicate their talents, time and effort to making our community a better place,” said Bruno.

CNA’s President recalled the mission and vision of the association which was founded in 2015 by a group of dedicated volunteers to respond to the growing concerns of the most vulnerable in Sydney’s South West.

“There are millions of volunteers in Australia and as a volunteer-based organisation ourselves, we are forever indebted to all our wonderful volunteers for their massive contributions. At CNA, we truly believe that great things are only possible through genuine human encounters, and therefore we seek every opportunity to encourage, recognise and continue to honour our volunteers as an important part of creating a more equal and inclusive future,” said Bruno. 

CNA volunteers played a crucial role during the Covid-19 pandemic and in facilitating support to the people of Lismore and being the first port of call for many seniors living in the Liverpool LGA affected by floods earlier in the year.

“We cannot forget the important role volunteers played during the crucial times of natural disasters and Covid-19 outbreaks. We are proud of all our volunteers, who are role models in our community, uniting together in solidarity and personifying inspiration in action. At CNA, we are blessed with volunteers who have built our organisation and continue to serve in a range of pivotal capacities, from administrative tasks to language support and from community advocacy to providing transport and care for our seniors,” said Bruno.

“For us, volunteering remains a key aspect of delivering programs and services to the community, initiating change, transforming mindsets and behaviour, ensuring a lasting legacy for the good works in our society. On this International Volunteer Day, I join the Board of CNA in extending a big thank you again to all volunteers!,” concluded Bruno.

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