Volunteering in the local community has always being something my family has been passionate about. For as long as I can remeber, I have always seen my Father and Mother volunteering their time to the local community. My Father volunteers his time to the local football and netball club, spending long hours organising fundraisers and other events for the club. My Mother, having five children go through the local primary school, sees the importance in volunteering her time to the local school through fundraising and parents and friends committies. In Year 10, I listened to guest speakers at an assembly, talking about the disadvantaged people in our society. After that assembly, I felt empowered to do something that would change someone's life. After reseraching different organisations, I had decided that I wanted to sponser a child through World Vision. This was something that cost me very little, but I knew would make a huge difference to a child's life as well as their community. I continue to donate to World Vision and as well as this, I donate to a variety of other organisations that I feel passionate about such as Cancer Council, Jump Rope for Heart and M.S. Readathon. I want to make a difference in the community in conjunction with donating money, so I donate my time to participate in fundraising events such as the Mother's Day Classic and Relay for Life and I also regularly donate blood. In Year 12, I volunteered at the Ballarat Specialist School and this is where I began my interest in children with special needs. Below I have included links to two programs that I volunteered my time to in 2013.