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Miles thanks volunteers in Fiji

Ana Madigibuli
Saturday, December 08, 2012

ABOUT 20 Australian volunteers attended the International Volunteers Day event at the Australian High Commissioner's residence on Thursday.

High Commissioner Glen Miles thanked the volunteers for taking out the time to assist Fiji.

Mr Miles said the International Volunteers Day marked the power and potential of volunteerism.

"Having 50 or more volunteers here at any given time, working in the community or helping drive development really does boost their profile in Fiji in a very positive way," Mr Miles said.

"Fiji is a fantastic country, full of rich cultural diversity and wonderful friendly people."

He said through their work the volunteers would get the chance to meet Fijians from all across Fiji.

"Australia has a rich history of volunteering. Since the 1960 the Australian government has supported more than 12,000 Australians to volunteer in Asia, the Pacific, the Middle East and Africa.

"In May 2011, the Australian government launched Australia Volunteers for International Development, a new program that draws Australia's volunteering initiatives under a single banner.

"This program, aptly called AVID, reflects the spirit and energy of the volunteers."

He said the program made it easy for them to place skilled Australians in developing countries as part of the country's aid program.

"We are working in partnership with three core partners, Australian Volunteers International, Austraining International and Australian Red Cross," he said.

"All these organisations have extensive experience in international and national volunteering."


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