It’s National Volunteer Week (20 – 26 May) in Australia and Vets Beyond Borders would like to celebrate and acknowledge the generous contribution of our volunteers and financial supporters to the health of animals and communities around the world.
Volunteering Australia’s National Volunteer Week 2019 theme is “Making a world of difference”. Our VBB family has certainly done that and more!
On behalf of VBB, Director and volunteer Dr David Gray said, “To all of our most generous volunteers, thank you so much for volunteering your time and your dedication to animal welfare work on the projects. A big thank you also to those people working permanently on the projects for their hospitality towards volunteers and making them feel most welcome.”
VBB also thanks supporters for their generous donations of funds, equipment and other veterinary supplies for our project locations.
“Donations are critical to the work that volunteers do on the projects. We could not function without them,” said Dr Gray.
A big thank you to VBB’s partner Fondation Brigitte Bardot for funding medical and surgical supplies at our projects in Sikkim and Ladakh in India.
“The ophthalmic instruments we purchased for both Ladakh and Sikkim through FBB’s support will significantly improve outcomes for animals with eye conditions requiring surgery where more specialised instruments are a great advantage,” said Dr Gray.
We also thank many other organisations/ businesses that have supported our work with their generous donations, such as Silverglide for donating suture materials and scalpel blades, Troy Laboratories for medicines and Petbarn Foundation for providing surgical scrub tops for volunteers.
Thank you also to Nowra Veterinary Hospital and Fawkner Veterinary Hospital for surgical gloves and operating drapes, and Melbourne University’s Equine Department for donating an emasculator to take to the Ladakhi vets who have been waiting several years to have one! (The horses there appreciate it, too!)
Our greatest appreciation go to our respected and treasured volunteers.
“Volunteers don’t get paid, not because they’re worthless, but because they’re priceless.” – Sherry Anderson