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Volunteering expo on again

WOLLONGONG City Council’s Volunteering Expo is on again, and this year at least 28 community organisations will be involved.

The expo, coordinated by Council’s Volunteering Illawarra service, is at the Wollongong Town Hall on 17 May from 9.30am-3.30pm.

Stallholders include representatives from Council’s Community Transport and Social Support, St Vincent de Paul and the Arthritis Foundation. This year, the expo will also feature performances from three Illawarra-based volunteering groups, and eight presentations from different organisations.

Wollongong City Lord Mayor  Gordon Bradbery said the expo is an opportunity for people to find a volunteering venture that suits them.

“With a range of organisations in one space, people can find organisations that fit in with their interests, lifestyle and their skill set. And that’s the great thing about volunteering – there are so many different options,” the Lord Mayor said.

The expo’s theme for 2012 is ‘Everyone Counts’. It’s just one of the events being held across the region to mark National Volunteers Week which runs from May 14 to 18.

For more information call Council’s Customer Service Centre on (02) 4227 7111.

About Mick Roberts

A newspaper journalist, writer and local historian, Mick Roberts specialises in Australian cultural history, particularly associated with the Australian hotel and liquor industry. Mick has had an interest in revealing the colourful story of pubs, inns and associated industries in the Sydney and Illawarra regions of NSW for over 30 years. He is currently working on a comprehensive history of the hotel and liquor industry in the Illawarra region of NSW. Besides authoring a number of history books, Mick has owned and operated several community newspapers. He was one time editor of the Wollongong Northern News, The Bulli Times, The Northern Times, The Northern Leader and The Local - all located in the Wollongong region. As a journalist he has worked for Rural Press, Cumberland (News Limited), Sydney based, City News, and is now with Torch Publications based in Canterbury Bankstown, NSW.

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