Health awards laud vol­un­teers

Central Leader - - NEWS -

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.

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