Carissa’s time is time well spent

Auckland City Harbour News - - News - By Scott Morgan

While most teenagers spend their morn­ings sleep­ing in, Carissa Her­bert is giv­ing up her time for oth­ers.

The 19-year-old Auck­land Univer­sity stu­dent has been read­ing the news­pa­per to res­i­dents at Pt Che­va­lier’s Selwyn Re­tire­ment Vil­lage one morn­ing a week for the past two months.

The Grafton res­i­dent, who is among hun­dreds of peo­ple cel­e­brat­ing Vol­un­teer­ing Aware­ness Week this week, also coached sports teams and raised money for char­ity dur­ing her school years in the Coro­man­del and Hawke’s Bay.

But she feels it’s time well spent.

“It’s time I would just spend watch­ing TV any­way or study­ing.

“You just feel bet­ter about your­self and work it into your nor­mal rou­tine,” she says.

And Carissa, who hopes to be­come a doc­tor, al­ways gets a good re­cep­tion from the res­i­dents when she reads to them.

“They’re re­ally chatty and like to pitch in with their own sto­ries,” she says

Selwyn res­i­dent June Har­ley says they love be­ing read to ev­ery morn­ing.

“I like to know what’s go­ing on. This way we get to know ev­ery­thing.”

Vol­un­teer or­gan­iser Betty Har­vey says they have around 160 vol­un­teers at the vil­lage, but they’re al­ways af­ter more.

“They come for half a day or maybe one day.

“That’s why we need so many – they only come when they can.”

As well as read­ing to the res­i­dents, she says vol­un­teers also help out with craft ses­sions, drive res­i­dents around the vil­lage in bug­gies and as­sist in the chapel, among other things.

Through­out the aware­ness week hun­dreds of peo­ple took part in a num­ber of projects set up by Vol­un­teer­ing Auck­land.

The or­gan­i­sa­tion ar­ranged groups from schools, work­places and churches to visit com­mu­nity groups who re­quired vol­un­teers.

Vol­un­teer­ing Auck­land re­gional man­ager Ch­eryll Martin says the vol­un­teers took on all sorts of tasks, from paint­ing, to main­te­nance work and tak­ing wheel­chair-bound peo­ple out on day trips.

For in­for­ma­tion on vol­un­teer­ing at Selwyn vil­lage email bet­tyh@sel­wyn­care. org.nz or phone 845-0711.

To con­tact Vol­un­teer­ing Auck­land visit www.Volun teerNow.org.nz or call 3777887.

Photo: JA­SON OXENHAM

Read all about it: Carissa Her­bert lets Selwyn Vil­lage res­i­dents in on the latest news as, from left: No­rah Dal­las­ton, John Black­ham, Clara Dale and June Har­ley lis­ten in.

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