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Your American Cancer Society

Your American Cancer Society

So I am a 25-year volunteer and am right now serving as the chair of the board for the Greater Pittsburgh Area. I support the executive director of the area and I bring the leadership volunteers together to work as a group. We help carry out the mission of the national organization. I have felt over the 25 years I’ve been with them that they have always given me jobs that have played to my particular talents. So, for me,…

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Australian of the Year: Sylvia McMillan, 50 years of community volunteering #AOTY2020 #ausoftheyear

Australian of the Year: Sylvia McMillan, 50 years of community volunteering #AOTY2020 #ausoftheyear

Volunteering is doing things yourself that you think need to be done or that you think that you’ll enjoy. That’s what I think volunteering is and it’s to help the community. When it was part of my life, it wasn’t called volunteering when I started. It was just doing things that needed to be done. Well, I don’t think there is a community if you don’t have volunteers. My daughter turns 60 today and she was in about grade 4…

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Australian of the Year: Josephine Jones, people and environment #AOTY2020 #ausoftheyear

Australian of the Year: Josephine Jones, people and environment #AOTY2020 #ausoftheyear

I think that in life everybody goes through some hard times and it’s how we see those hard times, and those things influence us and it’s what we take from what happens to us. When I grew up, my mum actually committed suicide when I was 10 years of age. We grew up in a small country town and we had a service station in town where my dad was a mechanic and most of the town knew who we…

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Volunteer: Good Samaritan Society –Hastings Village diner

Volunteer: Good Samaritan Society –Hastings Village diner

It’s just a little cafe. We’re here Monday through Saturday to serve breakfast and lunch. Most of the people that work here are volunteers that helps us keep the prices down. Customer: The waitresses are fantastic. I retired a year ago this last May in Texas as a dietary supervisor and food is in my blood. (Laughs) They are so friendly. Willa: I’m a person all my life would be working, been doing things and I just couldn’t sit at…

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Australian of the Year: Madeline Diamond, sustainability activist #AOTY2020

Australian of the Year: Madeline Diamond, sustainability activist #AOTY2020

A couple of years ago, I was having a really hard period of my life. Struggling with mental health, I didn’t feel like I had a purpose and I didn’t feel connected to my community. So to sort of cheer myself up in this time of my life, I would go on walks around my neighbourhood, and I’d go on the same walk every day and I’d pick up rubbish along my way, just as was my habit. Every day…

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Australian of the Year: Mitchell Ford, mental health ambassador #AOTY2020

Australian of the Year: Mitchell Ford, mental health ambassador #AOTY2020

November 2nd, 2016. I was in America on exchange. One morning I woke up to a text from a really old friend of mine and that text said ‘Hey, Mitch, I’m not sure if you know yet but Toah suicided on Sunday. He passed away last night in hospital.’ And I just started to cry uncontrollably. But I continued to have a conversation with this old friend of mine that broke the news to me. And it read as such…

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Ukraine: ‘I couldn’t be a spectator to fascism’ – Colombian DNR fighter

Ukraine: ‘I couldn’t be a spectator to fascism’ – Colombian DNR fighter

I’m here because in Spain I was a member of the antifascist movement and we’ve been seeing what is happening here [Ukraine] since the start – how the far-right, the Nazis, the right sector, Svoboda were participating, killing people in several locations. I’m here because I’m an antifascist and we don’t want fascism to arrive in Donbass or to any other place on this planet. Where it is, we will fight it. This is why I’m here. I started mobilising…

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