Over the second weekend of May, 66 individuals from BFG travelled to Lübbeke to attend the first of two SASRA (The Soldiers’ and Airmen’s Scripture Readers Association) conferences this year.
The four-strong team of keen fund-raisers who kick-started the array of events were LCpl Rabindra Rai of 6 Regiment RLC, Nepalese soldiers Pte Jiwan Gurung, 1 Regiment RLC, LCpl Jay P Jugjali, 29 Regiment RLC, and 26th Regiment Royal Artillery’s LCpl Pradeep Gurung.
With the full support of Westfalen Garrison and all the regiments, the Gütersloh Nepalese community, headed by LCpl Rai, organised collection points at the gates of Princess Royal Barracks and Mansergh Barracks.
Volunteers’ Week is an annual campaign which takes place on June 1-7 and celebrates the fantastic contribution millions of volunteers make across the UK and BFG.
Every year, more than 20 million people across the UK volunteer, donating more than 100 million hours to their communities every week.
It has been estimated that the economic value of this activity is worth in excess of £40 billion to our economy.
Volunteers’ Week focuses on saying ‘thank you’ to the millions of volunteers who regularly contribute to society, and to recognise the way that organisations celebrate the work of volunteers across the UK.
For ideas to say thank you to that special volunteer, visit the website: www.volunteersweek.org
Marjorie Reid, who works with 3 Close Support Battalion REME Civilian Workshops (3 Civ Wksp Reme) in Bielefeld, is passionate about animals and for the last 10 years has been a volunteer at the Tierheim Eichenhof in Vlotho, a home for lost or stolen pets.
Recently Marjorie went above and beyond the call of duty when she reunited a missing pedigree dog with his owner, who lives 200km away on the Dutch border.
During Marjorie’s shift, a Maltese shih-tzu came into the Tierheim; his name was Benny and he had been found running on one of the main roads near Vlotho.
Marjorie said: “As soon as I saw him, I knew I had to find the owner.”