A Narrawallee resident's tireless efforts volunteering with the Cancer Council have been recognised in National Volunteer Week.
The Cancer Council is acknowledging their volunteers from May 20 to May 26, including Joan Hayward for her ongoing commitment, passion and knowledge.
Mrs Hayward has been volunteering with Cancer Council about 10 years. During this time she has been a fundraiser, an event volunteer at the Milton Ulladulla Relay for Life and MP Liaison.
"As a cancer survivor I can see the overwhelming need for support services for those facing a cancer diagnosis and treatment, which is why I support things like Relay for Life - the funds raised allow for local people to access things like financial assistance, and transport to treatment," Mrs Hayward said.
"My work in advocacy is my passion as it can, and does, bring about changes at a policy level that can benefit the whole community."
As the largest celebration of volunteers in Australia, National Volunteer Week is a chance for the community recognise volunteers like Mrs Hayward for their time and energy helping people affected by cancer.
Volunteering and Partnerships Coordinator at Cancer Council's Southern office Melaina Tate, said National Volunteer Week was a great opportunity to thank volunteers for their commitment and passion for the cause.
"This year's theme is 'making a world of difference' and with volunteers making up 83 per cent of our workforce, we couldn't do what we do without them," Ms Tate said.
"With 2,845 registered volunteers generously donating over 270,000 hours of their time just last year alone, they are a crucial part of our workforce. This has a huge impact across the state - without our volunteers, our programs and services would not be possible."