Volunteers are community gold
attention on a specific cause. Campaigns like the Cancer Society’s Daffodil Day in August and next month’s Parkinson’s Awareness Week not only raise millions of dollars but also a greater understanding of the issues at the heart of each charity’s work. But how much do we celebrate the people behind these campaigns as well as the cause itself? Without the volunteers tireless help with events they wouldn’t be half as effective. Promoting the concept of volunteering, and therefore volunteers themselves, lies at the heart of my role at Volunteering Central. One of our long-term aims is to become the first port of call for volunteers and organisations involving them from Queenstown to Alexandra. So next time you see a group of smiling ‘vollies’ leaning on spades or handing oversized cheques across to local good causes take a moment to think about the people as much as the cause itself. And watch out – their enthusiasm and commitment can be catching! ● Gillian White is senior coordinator at Volunteering Central.