CoastGuardvesselsparade"Thanks A Million" to all the Coast Guard members around the nation in National Volunteer Week.

"Thanks a Million" is the theme this year for a week (organised by Volunteering Australia) intended to be the largest celebration of volunteers and volunteerism in Australia. It is meant to provide an opportunity to highlight the role of volunteers in our communities and to say thank you to the more than 6 million Australians who volunteer – 36% of the adult population..

Over 3,000 of those volunteers are Coast Guard members, operating from 52 Flotillas in eight Squadrons operating in 6 States and Territories.

Last year those members went to sea on 2,725 operations to assist the boating public and rescued 6,388 people from a wide variety of predicaments, some extremely dangerous and life-threatening.

Coast Guard radio rooms handled 262,554 radio calls and, with boat crews, logged 540,000 hours of volunteer work.

They assisted approximately $155 million worth of vessels and used over $500,000 worth of fuel in Coast Guard vessels.

Like other volunteers, Coast Guards clearly are essential to society and marine rescue would struggle to survive without the support of the volunteers.

Overall, Australian volunteers contribute more than 700 million hours of community service to so many areas of society, including community health care, heritage and arts, environment conservation, emergency services, education, social justice and sports.

The Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet through its Office of the Not-for-Profit Sector, provides grant funding to support some volunteering across Australia. As part of this support, PM&C fund Volunteering Australia as the national peak body for volunteering and have also provided funding for National Volunteer Week.

The purpose of the campaign is for all Australians to say THANK YOU to our friends, neighbours, family, and strangers who give their time across all voluntary sector groups and hopefully encourage others to participate in volunteering activities for the first time.

Contact your local flotilla if you would like to volunteer with the Coast Guard.