Vol­un­teers are com­mu­nity gold

Central Otago Mirror - - OPINION -

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.

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