Volunteers relish chance to help

VOLUNTEERING with Launceston LINC has been a great opportunity to meet and help other people, according to Kay and Klaus Decker.

The Newstead couple were among a group of 15 recognised with a high tea at the library yesterday, for their long voluntary commitment as part of National Volunteers Week.

The volunteers were recognised for 200, 500 and 1000 hours of community service.

Mr and Mrs Decker received volunteer recognition awards for 200 hours of service as home library service couriers, dropping off books and collecting old ones for elderly or physically challenged patrons.

``We do enjoy it - it's not a big deal,'' Mrs Decker said.

``What I've liked is being in contact with the public and some people you meet are just lonely.''

Mrs Decker has been volunteering with the library since about 1995 and her husband joined her in 2002.

The couple also tutor at the Launceston School for Seniors.

Launceston LINC manager Garry Conroy-Cooper said about 65 of the 202 volunteers who worked at the library attended the thank-you afternoon tea.

LINC Tasmania director Jenny Rayner said more than 1600 volunteers contribute 110,000 hours to various in-house programs and services around the state.

Long-term volunteers Klaus and Kay Decker have been recognised for their   efforts. Picture: GEOFF ROBSON

Long-term volunteers Klaus and Kay Decker have been recognised for their efforts. Picture: GEOFF ROBSON

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