Important Contribution of Volunteers Recognised by Australia High Commission Office in Samoa

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📸: Australian Volunteer Jenny Rodgers with representatives from the Ministry of Health, Australia Volunteers International and DFAT.

International Volunteers Day 2022, Apia Samoa. Despite the disruptions due to the tusnami watch alert on Monday 5th December, the Australian High Commission in Samoa paused to recognise the important contribution of volunteers in driving positive change all over the globe.

The Australian Volunteers Program has a long and proud history of sharing valuable and diverse expertise, working in partnership with host countries to build sustainable societies.

Lead by local priorities, Australian Volunteers, since 1972 have supported Samoa across a variety of sectors to meet their development goals.

One such volunteer is Ms. Jenny Rodgers, an epidemiologist and public health specialist currently working at the Ministry of Health Samoa, providing support on climate change and health research as well as building resilient health programs.

The United Nations Volunteers founded International Volunteer Day in 1985 to honour volunteers leading social change around the world. IVD promotes the work of volunteers at all levels, including local, national and international.

Thank you and Faafetai Tele Lava to ALL Volunteers in Samoa representing all development partner countries.

Australian volunteer audiologist Haylene Goh (right) at SENESE. Photo: Darren James.