If you go by the numbers – and history – Camden is rich in volunteers.
And as everyone knows, when it comes to volunteers, the more the merrier.
Their work is priceless – there’s no way we could pay for what they do – and is what makes a Macarthur town like Camden tick.
But there’s something else about volunteers: they don’t take themselves too seriously.
As proof of that have a look at this picture ( below) by Brett Atkins from last night’s annual volunteer thank you reception, (with the mayor in red).
Representatives from any 70 volunteer organisations were there to accept the thanks of Camden Council for the work they do.
More than 250 people attended the reception at Camden Civic Centre where they were treated to dinner and dessert, entertainment and a gift, with even a few lucky door prizes up for grabs.
Mayor of Camden, Cr Theresa Fedeli, said the number of volunteers thanked spoke volumes about the Camden community.
“It warms my heart to see so many people put their hand up to volunteer for council, despite leading such busy lives themselves,” Cr Fedeli said.
“The Camden community has a long history of volunteering, with voluntary organisations going back as far as the 19th century.
“The time and effort these volunteers have put in throughout the year means so much to us here at Council, as well as the broader community.
“Without their help and support, many of the things we do here at council would not be possible.
“The contribution made to the Camden area by these volunteers is absolutely invaluable and we simply can’t thank them enough.”
The groups acknowledged at the reception included the Argyle Street Business Collective, Bushcare Volunteers, Camden Art Prize Committee, Camden Bicentennial Equestrian Park Committee, Camden Chamber of Commerce Tourism and Industry, Camden Historical Society, Camden Rural Fire Service, Camden SES and Cobbitty Rural Fire Service.
Others were Harrington Park Seniors Group, Heritage
Advisory Committee, Macarthur Disability Service, Narellan Lions Club and the Narellan