Vol­un­teers thanked

Spe­cial week to hon­our their con­tri­bu­tion

Central Otago Mirror - - NEWS -

ts day four of Na­tional Vol­un­teer Week, the vol­un­teer get-to­geth­ers are well un­der­way and New Zealand’s largest cel­e­bra­tion of vol­un­teer­ing and civic par­tic­i­pa­tion is go­ing from strength to strength.

Events are be­ing held across the coun­try to recog­nise the in­valu­able con­tri­bu­tion made by vol­un­teers in Aotearoa New Zealand.

Vol­un­teer­ing Cen­tral has been out lo­cally thank­ing vol­un­teers in Alexan­dra and Cromwell and the cel­e­bra­tions con­tinue tonight in Wanaka and to­mor­row in Queen­stown.

Our com­mu­ni­ties con­tain the knowl­edge, ex­pe­ri­ences and en­ergy of the people who con­trib­ute to it and this year we cel­e­brate the col­lab­o­ra­tive ef­fort of those who vol­un­teer in com­mu­ni­ties with the whakatauki (Maori proverb) ‘‘Naku te rourou nau te rourou ka ora ai te tan­gata’’, trans­lated as ‘‘With your con­tri­bu­tion and my con­tri­bu­tion the people will live.’’

This year’s theme em­braces the no­tion of join­ing vol­un­teers, vol­un­teer man­agers, vol­un­teer or­gan­i­sa­tions and com­mu­ni­ties to­gether and shar­ing their own knowl­edge with each other and their com­mu­ni­ties. We see that in so many or­gan­i­sa­tions lo­cally and with­out the 100s of vol­un­teers who are so gen­er­ous with their time, en­ergy and skills many ser­vices, events and ac­tiv­i­ties would sim­ply grind to a halt.

Thank you to vol­un­teers from across the Cen­tral Lakes District for keep­ing our com­mu­ni­ties tick­ing along so won­der­fully! ◗ For more in­for­ma­tion con­tact Gil­lian White, cen­tralvolun teer­ing@gmail.com or call 027 506 5705

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