Vol­un­teer friends needed

Auckland City Harbour News - - News -

The call for vol­un­teers to make friends with peo­ple with in­tel­lec­tual dis­abil­i­ties was an­swered by a stream of tele­phone calls as part of this year’s IHC An­nual Ap­peal.

Staff were han­dling eight to 10 calls a day from peo­ple want­ing to know about the or­gan­i­sa­tion’s buddy scheme and other ways to help.

At the same time as ask­ing peo­ple for fi­nan­cial sup­port, IHC en­cour­aged peo­ple to share their ev­ery­day ac­tiv­i­ties with those who have a in­tel­lec­tual dis­abil­ity.

Funds raised in the Fe­bru­ary ap­peal will sup­port its vol­un­teer pro­gramme.

“IHC is look­ing to in­crease the num­ber of vol­un­teers from 600 to 3000 over the next five years – and this is a good start,” chief ex­ec­u­tive Ralph Jones says.

“Thank you, too, for your do­na­tions and for your mes­sages of sup­port. Some of the most mov­ing let­ters have come from peo­ple who might not be in a po­si­tion to sup­port us fi­nan­cially, but wanted us to know that they were back­ing us all the way,” he says

Mr Jones says it is hard for many peo­ple with in­tel­lec­tual dis­abil­i­ties to make friends.

“But vol­un­teers can make a big dif­fer­ence.”

For more in­for­ma­tion about vol­un­teer­ing with IHC call 0800-442-442.

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