Putting the call out for more peo­ple to act as vol­un­teers

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Each year New Zealand cel­e­brates Na­tional Vol­un­teer Week to recog­nise and cel­e­brate the vi­tal con­tri­bu­tion of New Zealand’s ap­prox­i­mately 1.2 mil­lion vol­un­teers to so­cial de­vel­op­ment, the econ­omy and the en­vi­ron­ment. This year, Na­tional Vol­un­teer Week is cel­e­brated be­tween Sun­day 19th and Satur­day 25th June 2016 and fo­cuses on time through the fol­low­ing two say­ings: Make time – Whai wha¯ Thanks for mak­ing time – Kia ora mo¯ ta¯u whai wha¯

Our 2016 cam­paign is there­fore a call to ac­tion. We be­lieve that for vol­un­teer­ing to flour­ish, and the var­i­ous ben­e­fits of vol­un­teer­ing to be re­alised, peo­ple and vol­un­teer or­gan­i­sa­tions are in­creas­ingly go­ing to need to make time, now and into the fu­ture.

This year’s theme recog­nises that vol­un­teer­ing can fit into a busy sched­ule and that there are vol­un­teer­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties suit­able to peo­ple’s in­di­vid­ual needs and com­mit­ments. It is also a great chance to show that by mak­ing time, the whole com­mu­nity ben­e­fits, peo­ple can gain new ex­pe­ri­ence(s), and in­crease their per­sonal sat­is­fac­tion.

Through this cam­paign we hope vol­un­teers will be recog­nised for mak­ing time for their com­mu­ni­ties.

Events will be held to recog­nise and cel­e­brate the vi­tal con­tri­bu­tion of New Zealand’s ap­prox­i­mately 1.2 mil­lion vol­un­teers to so­cial de­vel­op­ment, the econ­omy and the en­vi­ron­ment. – vol­un­teer­ingnz.org.nz

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