Na­tional Vol­un­teer Week, 18-24 June

Central Otago Mirror - - VOLUNTEER WEEK -

Cel­e­brat­ing vol­un­teers the whole coun­try over, Na­tional Vol­un­teer Week’s theme this year is Live, Laugh, Share Vol­un­teer. The theme helps cature the heart-felt ap­pre­ci­a­tion felt when peo­ple come to­gether to build a stronger, more vi­brant com­mu­nity through their ser­vice as a vol­un­teer.

Na­tional Vol­un­teer Week is held every year to recog­nise the vi­tal con­tri­bu­tion of New Zealand’s ap­prox­i­mately 1.2 mil­lion vol­un­teers in ar­eas as di­verse as so­cial devel­op­ment, the econ­omy and the en­vi­ron­ment.

In fact there are a sig­nif­i­cant por­tion of or­gan­is­tions that could not pro­vide the ser­vices they do with­out the help of their vol­un­teers.

Ac­cord­ing to Vol­un­teer­ing New Zealand (VNZ), an as­so­ci­a­tion of vol­un­teer cen­tres and na­tional and other or­gan­i­sa­tions with a com­mit­ment to vol­un­teer­ing, vol­un­teers help cover emer­gency ser­vices, health, wel­fare, ed­u­ca­tion, cul­ture, faith based ser­vices, com­mu­nity sup­port, eth­nic groups, sport and recre­ation, con­ser­va­tion, spe­cial in­ter­ests, ad­vo­cacy and in­ter­na­tional vol­un­teer­ing.

In­ter­ested in be­com­ing a vol­un­teer and see­ing change in your com­mu­nity?

Vol­un­teers cre­ate pos­i­tive change on many fronts. They get in­volved to learn new skills, gain knowl­edge and ex­pe­ri­ence; to de­velop ex­ist­ing skills, knowl­edge and ex­pe­ri­ence; to find new pas­sions, meet new peo­ple and form long-term friends and part­ner­ships, con­trib­ute to a good cause, make an in­valu­able dif­fer­ence and to have fun!

To find out more visit: /www.vol­un­teer­ingnz.org.nz

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Cromwell band The Usual Strangers - Ne­vis Col­loty-Spiers at the front and, from left, Jamie Mor­ton, Ash Stanley-Suter and Sam Leckie stand­ing.

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