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International Volunteer Day is celebrated worldwide, on 5 December, to recognise the positive solidarity of volunteers around the world.

Estimates suggest that there are a billion people in the world who volunteer each year and those numbers rise when tragedy strikes.

In Queensland, alone, more than 980,000 people volunteer each year.

Volunteers are often the first to offer support in times of natural disasters, economic instability, forced migration or humanitarian emergencies.

International Volunteer Day (IVD) was designated by the United Nations in 1985 as an international observance day to celebrate the power and potential of volunteerism.

It is an opportunity for volunteers, and volunteer-involving organisations, to raise awareness and gain recognition for the contribution they make to their communities.

This year's theme: Volunteers act first. Here. Everywhere. It promotes the contribution of volunteers as first responders at local, national and international levels, together with their communities, civil society organisations, United Nations agencies, fund and programmes, government authorities and the private sector worldwide.

To find out more about International Volunteer Day, access resources and find out how to recognise volunteers in your organisation go to the website.

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