Animal sanctuary Edgars Mission, at Lancefield, is celebrating its volunteers as part of National Volunteer Week. Pictured is Kirsty and Phoenix sharing a special moment.

Not-for-profit animal sanctuary Edgar’s Mission, that cares for more than 450 rescued farmed animals in Lancefield, will celebrate its valued volunteers all week.

Edgar’s Mission’s founder, director and longest-serving volunteer Pam Ahern said the theme of National Volunteer Week, from May 18 to 24, was ‘Changing Communities, Changing Lives,’ which was true of every volunteer that helped the sanctuary.

“Amid the challenges we’ve faced this year, our volunteers truly have changed the lives of both our animals and our people for the better through their dedication and commitment,” she said.

“They are worth their weight in gold.”

Ms Ahern said from those who lived locally to some who lived more than two hours away, the volunteers turned up rain, hail or shine to provide much-needed assistance at the 153-acre sanctuary.

For National Volunteer Week, Edgar’s Mission will honour its volunteers by sharing some of their personal stories throughout the week in a special series on the sanctuary’s Facebook page.

The stories share how volunteering has not only changed the lives of the animals who are being helped, but makes a positive impact on the lives of the volunteers themselves.

“Volunteering is truly the best feeling, and so rewarding,” said Ann Bate, who had helped out for more than seven years.

“Edgar’s Mission is not only a sanctuary for rescued animals, but it is also a sanctuary for myself where I find so much pleasure and happiness.”

While Edgar’s Mission is not currently accepting new volunteers during the COVID-19 restrictions, it is accepting registrations of interest. To find out more visit edgarsmission.org.au/volunteer.

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