Cancer Council volunteer Eman Gourani.
A CLOSE family connection to cancer led Lidcombe's Eman Gourani to start volunteering for the Cancer Council in March this year.
The 22-year-old is studying a Bachelor of Business at Western Sydney University and says a chance to give back and help others was also behind her decision to become a volunteer.
"I've lost several family members to cancer, and my grandfather is currently undergoing treatment for cancer," she said.
"Reading about all the good things that Cancer Council does encouraged me to apply to be a volunteer, because I knew the work I'd be doing would benefit other people greatly."
During National Volunteer Week (May 21-27), Ms Gourani said she loved everything about volunteering and seing the way her work "contributes behind the scenes to the bigger picture".
"As a volunteer, no two days are the same," she said.
"I would 100 per cent recommend volunteering at Cancer Council, even if it's for a short period of time or just for a one-day event."
Cancer Council spokesperson Rocellita Lacsina said it was an important to celebrate the volunteers who have helped reduce the impact of cancer in the community.
"Volunteers are our community heroes," she said.
"They generously offer their time and skills and, as a 95 per cent community-funded organisation, they are so important in helping Cancer Council achieve major advances in cancer treatment, prevention and support."
For more information, call Cancer Council Greater Western Sydney, 9354 2000, or visit cancercouncil.com.au/get-involved/volunteer-with-us.