Health awards laud volunteers
Do you know a volunteer dedicated to improving the quality of other people’s lives?
Nominations are now open for the 2014 Minister of Health Volunteer Awards which celebrate the service of health volunteers.
More than 90 people were nominated from across the country last year, with the winners ranging in age from 14 to 85.
The awards recognise the volunteers who are a valued part of New Zealand’s public health service, Health Minister Tony Ryall says.
‘‘From running a hospital shop, to creating te reo Maori resources on injury prevention – these are the people who make a real difference to our health services every day,’’ he says.
Auckland volunteer Matthew Wadham was presented with the Youth Health Volunteer Award last year in recognition of his work supporting children with arthritis at an annual camp.
Mr Wadham was diagnosed with arthritis himself at the age of 10 and aims to help young people by inspiring them with his story.
This year new categories for long service and an overall Health Volunteer of the Year award have been introduced.
Nominations close on April 17. Winners will be presented during National Volunteer Week from June 15-21.