Volunteering offers so much
Welsh born Sue Mort moved from her home in Wales to New Zealand in 1980 when she was offered a job as a landscape architect for a stock and station company in Invercargill.
She jumped at the chance despite being told that ‘‘no one in New Zealand was prepared to move that far south!’’
She has moved around the country since and has lived in Alexandra for the last nine years, where she continues to work as a landscape architect, predominantly on large lifestyle blocks.
Despite working around 30 hours a week, Sue finds time each week to volunteer for not one but five organisations, She is a regular on the sorting station at Central Otago Wastebusters, has been a big buddy with Presbyterian Support’s Buddy Programme for well over 10 years, has been an accredited visitor with Age Concern for 15 years, is a volunteer conversationalist with a Malaysian woman through English Language Partners and is a committee and active member of Keep Alexandra
active volunteer. Clyde Beautiful.
Volunteers like Sue really do keep our communities ticking along. She offers not only friendship to both the young and older people in Alexandra, but is able to share her knowledge gained through her career as a landscape architect with the team at Keep Alexandra Clyde Beautiful.
So why does Sue commit to helping out such a range of organisations in the area?
‘‘I don’t have any family here in New Zealand so through volunteering I have a great connection with a 94year-old through Age Concern, get to see the world through the eyes of a child through the Buddy Programme and I ampart of some great teams at Wastebusters and Keep Alexandra Clyde Beautiful’’ says Sue.
‘‘I also love being able to give something back to my community.And what would Sue say to others who are considering volunteering? ‘‘You go down so many different paths that you otherwise wouldn’t get the opportunity to do so and as a result you get to meet a whole host of different people. You can’t fail but get something out of it.’’. ◗ If you would like to join Sue and hundreds of other volunteers in your area contact Volunteering Central.
Active in community: Sue Mort with Keep Alexandra Clyde Beautiful where she is a committee member and
Sturdy: Mitchells Cottage – oncehome to a family of 12.