Let’s hear it for our volunteers!
volunteersArticle from November 2019 edition of Intouch eNewsletter

Did you know that volunteering is good for your health? An article by the University of Sydney on the benefits of volunteering says that “helping others is related to improved physical health, including weight control, lower blood pressure and relief from depression and chronic pain.” In addition, volunteering gives people a ‘helpers high’ which “triggers the reward pathway in the brain known as the mesolimbic system. It releases ‘feel-good’ neurotransmitters such as oxytocin and vasopressin.”

But the benefits of volunteering don’t stop there. Volunteer work is fundamental to organisations, helping them reach their important goals by filling crucial labour gaps unable to be filled by funding alone. 

The 2016 census revealed that Australians are big volunteers, with 3.6 million people, or 19 percent of a population of 23.4 million people, actively engaged in volunteer work. 

For us here at MS, our volunteers are essential to our organisation, supporting our MS team members to deliver our MS support and services, our MS events and community fundraising. 

Our volunteers help us meet our goal of helping people living with multiple sclerosis live their very best lives. Through our volunteers, we are able to do more to support people living with MS. 

Our Annual Report revealed that:

  • Over 1,600 people volunteered their time to MS this year
  • 68,157 hours were volunteered at MS Community Shops 
  • 140 presentations were given by 54 MS Ambassadors nationally
  • 824 people spent 4,500 hours volunteering at MS events across the country.

In November, the 38th annual Sydney to Gong Ride saw 400 committed and energetic volunteers join our MS staff, with some even starting work at 2am in order to help make the event a resounding success.
If you’d like to find out more about volunteering at MS, please visit https://www.ms.org.au/get-involved/volunteer/about-volunteering-for-ms.aspx.

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