Kim’s vol­un­teer­ing con­tin­ues

Central Leader - - LOCAL BODY ELECTIONS - TORIKA TOKALAU-CHAN­DRA

Kim Lu­cas is prov­ing that vol­un­teer­ing can take you places. She’s been to two Olympic Games and one Com­mon­wealth Games - quite an achieve­ment for a fi­nance and hu­man re­sources man­ager from Auck­land’s Grey Lynn, es­pe­cially when she did not at­tend to com­pete. Lu­cas, 58, has been vol­un­teer­ing for more than half her life. This be­gan fol­low­ing ad­vice from her dad, who told her to grab any op­por­tu­nity to help out. ‘‘Vol­un­teer­ing has opened doors to ex­pe­ri­ences I would never have had oth­er­wise, it gets you in­volved. ‘‘It can fuel a pas­sion and give you a sense of ac­com­plish­ment and sat­is­fac­tion.’’ Lu­cas first vol­un­teered in 1974 while still in school. She coached the ju­nior bas­ket­ball team and the boys cricket team. Since then, she has vol­un­teered at a num­ber of bas­ket­ball events. ‘‘My in­volve­ment in bas­ket­ball has taken many forms – fully un­paid vol­un­teer roles, hon­o­rar­ium pay­ments and paid po­si­tions over the years. Lu­cas will be one of thou­sands of vol­un­teers that will be a part of the 2017 World Mas­ters Games in Auck­land. The largest sport­ing event in New Zealand since the Cricket World Cup, the games will be held over 10 days and will at­tract 25,000 com­peti­tors across 28 sports. ‘‘Vol­un­teer­ing for the World Mas­ters Games is a re­turn-to-the­fold ex­pe­ri­ence for me. ‘‘I see this as an op­por­tu­nity to re-en­gage with a sport I love.’’

PHOTO: TORIKA TOKALAU-CHAN­DRA

Kim Lu­cas be­gan vol­un­teer­ing at 17 years old.

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