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National Volunteer Week 2023

At the heart of the City of Marion's thriving services, facilities and programs, lies an essential building block – our volunteers.

National Volunteer Week, held this year from 15 to 21 May, is an opportunity to recognise and celebrate these extraordinary individuals and their contribution to our community.

Our volunteers generously give their time to a range of services including supporting our elderly community with shopping and errands, driving our community bus, delivering meals, coordinating programs at our Neighbourhood Centres, advocating for and supporting various conservation groups, removing graffiti, supporting events, assisting at libraries, providing Justice of the Peace services, working at our cafes and kitchens, coaching, mentoring, and more.

We are fortunate to have a culturally diverse group of more than 300 people volunteering with the City of Marion.

Sue (Thi Xuong) Thach and Haniyeh Falaki, originally from Vietnam and Iran respectively, became friends over a decade ago when undertaking English language classes in Marion.

Today, they volunteer together at the Cooinda Neighbourhood Centre kitchen which they consider their second home, having formed long-lasting relationships with some of the more frequent visitors. Both friends are now celebrating a remarkable achievement – 10 years of service with the City of Marion.

Volunteering not only brings people like Sue and Haniyeh together; it enriches communities and creates a better society for us all.

On behalf of everyone at the City of Marion, and to each and every volunteer who gives the gift of their time, we say thank you.

Find out more about volunteering at or call 8375 6636.

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Sue (Thi Xuong) Thach (left) and Haniyeh Falaki (right)