This theme resonates powerfully with the role of Holiday Explorers’ volunteers. Their assistance in empowering people with intellectual disability is invaluable in the establishment of a resilient, vibrant and supportive community, from which we all benefit, directly and indirectly.

Every year we enjoy the opportunity during National Volunteer Week (NVW) to say a special thank you to our wonderful volunteers for the contribution they have made to our organisation, and specifically to the lives of South Australians living with intellectual disability (our ‘Tourists’) and their carers.

For over 30 years our volunteers have been supporting Tourists on holiday, acting as role models, and providing them with life enhancing opportunities to meet people and make friends, to enjoy and learn from new experiences, and to support increased participation in community life.

But beyond the immediate benefits to those directly using our service, we know that the work of Holiday Explorers’ volunteers has a far longer ranging impact.

The work of Holiday Explorers volunteers is as akin to dropping a pebble in a pond – we may not know where the ripples end, but we do know they travel far, taking with them the joy of the holiday experience, and to use a more metaphysical description – dispersing positive Karma throughout our communities!