Every parkrunday more than 26,000 volunteers gift their time and energy to deliver parkrun to communities across the globe. In Australasia, we are fortunate to have the dedication of more than 3,000 individuals volunteering at parkrun each week.
The 5th of December is International Volunteer Day, and while we are grateful every minute for everything parkrun volunteers do week in and week out, we want to take this opportunity to particularly thank all of parkrun’s dedicated Event Directors and Ambassadors, and their core teams of volunteers, who give so incredibly much.
We thank you for helping people become healthier and happier. Leading by example, your efforts support people in improving their physical and mental health. Whether you realise it or not, you are improving the lives of others, one parkrun at a time.
We thank you for showing others what it means to be generous and kind. Everyone has places to be, people to see and things to do. Time is a priceless gift and you give yours selflessly, and without second thought, to others.
We thank you for creating a safe and inclusive environment where people can meet, have fun, and make new friends. You are a champion of volunteering and participation, and communities are built in these spaces.
We thank you for the countless little things you do behind the scenes. You constantly find time outside of ‘normal life’ to do all of the million little things that make an event run smoothly. We love and admire your passion and dedication.
We thank you for being YOU. Yes, you can count yourself as one of many amazing volunteers, however in amongst all that awesome, you alone bring something special to parkrun that no one else does quite like you. You are one of a kind and you’re incredible.
For everything you do, we thank you, thank you, THANK YOU!
The parkrun Australia Team.
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