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Minister's Message

Minister Gareth Ward

Volunteers are the lifeblood of our communities and I have experienced firsthand the difference they make.

Due to my vision impairment, I needed a very expensive electronic magnifier so I could undertake school work from home. This equipment cost $5,000 in 1989 and was simply out of the reach of my parents. Because of the campaign by Lion’s International to save sight, my mother contacted the local Bomaderry Lions Club to see if they could help. Lions responded and if it weren’t for this vital equipment – I would have never been able to learn and develop at the same rate as other children and I would never have accomplished the things in life I’ve achieved. I am living proof that volunteers can change lives.

In NSW, more than 2.1 million people are giving countless hours of their time to help others. They are people of all ages, abilities and backgrounds and together they are the backbone of community organisations, sporting clubs and charities.

I am committed to boosting the number of volunteers across our state. The NSW Volunteering Strategy focuses on that, as well as building sector capacity and recognising the valuable contribution of our tireless volunteers.

When someone volunteers, everyone benefits – and there is so many ways you can make a difference. To find out how visit

Gareth Ward

Minister for Families and Communities
Minister for Disability Services

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Last updated: 05 Mar 2021