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Volunteers are happier

The St Vincent de Paul Society in Australia would like to mark the occasion of National Volunteers’ Week (May 11-17) by extending a warm thank you to our dedicated volunteers.

This year’s theme, “Give Happy, Live Happy’’ certainly resonates with experience of Vinnies volunteers. There are more than six million Australian volunteers who give happiness to others each year. And research says that those volunteers are happier as a result.

St Vincent de Paul Society volunteers are everyday people, from all walks of life and backgrounds and together their selfless actions enabled our charity to assist approximately 1.8 million people last year.

National President, Graham West said: “I sincerely thank each and every one of our 63,430 volunteers and members for their time and efforts. They are following in the simple footsteps of a fellow volunteer, the founder of the St Vincent de Paul Society, the Blessed Frederic Ozanam.

“Frederic was a young University student when he founded the Society in France in 1833. I believe the good intentions of our volunteers are aptly summed up by this quote from Frederic:  ‘In my life I want to become better and do a little good’,” Mr West said.

For more information about National Volunteers’ Week and the ‘Give Happy, Live Happy’ campaign go to

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St Vincent de Paul Society is a lay Catholic organisation working towards a more just and compassionate society.

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