Lets Tweet our admiration for all volunteers!

I so don’t want to be a naysayer.


But...

It happens every four years. The Olympics come around. And again the Olympic volunteering movement has been fantastic! And I have already tweeted my admiration at the Game makers as they have been called. I think it’s been a wonderful PR exercise to give them this name.

Nothing I say in this post is against these volunteers for the Olympics. I did read in another blog that it’s easy for these people to volunteer. You are volunteering at a prestige event. You are one of 70,000 or so and there were hundreds of thousands who went for the event! You get a fancy uniform and recognition as an Olympic volunteer. Etc etc.

There is some anecdotal evidence that Olympic volunteers go on to do some other volunteering. And that is good too.

And it’s so so wonderful that there is a moment covered on international TV where volunteers are praised and applauded by a stadium of some 80 000 people and witnessed by millions on TV.

And we volunteer folk including volunteer managers are quick to sing the praises and tweet the tweets because Hey! - Volunteerism is being talked about in such public and positive ways!

Let me ask you this question.

When?



When did you last tweet about the volunteer who sat with the patient dying of cancer?

When did you last tweet about the volunteer who sat with the patient who has never had a visitor?

When did you last tweet about the volunteer who saved someone’s life on the surf?

When did you last tweet about the volunteer who put out that fire that could have killed a family?

When did you last tweet about the volunteer who listened to a suicidal person?

When did you last tweet about the volunteer who walked the street raising money for their good cause?

When did you last tweet about the volunteer who dished out a meal to a homeless person?

All volunteers are Olympic in my eye! Help recognise all volunteering by tweeting this post. Republishing this blog. Because you know what? They all deserve the same attention!

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