Vol­un­teers are busy peo­ple

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DEB­BIE JAMIESON

More than one quar­ter of South Is­lan­ders are giv­ing their time as vol­un­teers and it does not seem to mat­ter how busy they are.

Vol­un­teer­ing Cen­tral se­nior project co-or­di­na­tor Gil­lian White said de­spite peo­ple seem­ingly get­ting busier, it didn’t nec­es­sar­ily af­fect lev­els of vol­un­teers.

‘‘When I talk to peo­ple I ask why they do it. It seems to be that if that have a pas­sion for some­thing they will make it a pri­or­ity...It’s a cliche but busy peo­ple are of­ten the ones vol­un­teer­ing.’’

Sur­pris­ingly, the largest group of vol­un­teers on the Vol­un­teer­ing Cen­tral data base were fully em­ployed peo­ple, aged be­tween 25 and 34 - ‘‘par­tic­u­larly in Queen­stown and Wanaka we see a lot of the tran­sient pop­u­la­tion com­ing through and vol­un­teer­ing.’’

‘‘Our four hubs (Queen­stown, Wanaka, Cromwell and Alexan­dra) are very dif­fer­ent but all have peo­ple who have made a con­scious de­ci­sion to live here. They be­lieve in the com­mu­nity and want to con­trib­ute to it.‘‘

Peo­ple also listed meet­ing peo­ple and giv­ing some­thing back to the com­mu­nity as rea­sons for be­ing vol­un­teers.

‘‘Over­all they get some sense of sat­is­fac­tion from what they’re do­ing.’’

As part of the 2018 Na­tional Vol­un­teer Week cel­e­bra­tions, from June 17 to 23, the Vol­un­teer Cen­tral team have ar­ranged for com­mu­nity lead­ers to be­come in­volved with vol­un­teer­ing in lo­cal or­gan­i­sa­tions.

They have in­cluded Queen­stown Lakes Mayor Jim Boult vol­un­teer­ing for Sus­tain­able Queen­stown and Annabel Lang­bein with Food For Love.

Others to par­tic­i­pate will in­clude: Karen Boult, with Wakatipu Se­nior Ci­ti­zens; Dou­gal Al­lan, with Wanaka Parkrun; Calum MacLeod, with As­pir­ing En­liven; Zoi Sad­owski-Syn­not, with Wanaka Girl Guides, Cromwell Com­mu­nity Board; Tim Cado­gan, with Liv­ing Op­tions and Af­fleck OMeara, with Alexan­dra Scouts.

Vol­un­teer­ing Cen­tral would love to see other mem­bers of the com­mu­nity sign up or do some­thing sim­ple like pick up lit­ter, spend time with an elderly neigh­bour or ap­proach a lo­cal com­mu­nity group or or­gan­i­sa­tion and of­fer a hand or at­tend a meet­ing.

ALPINE IMAGE COM­PANY

Annabel Lang­bein with Re­becca Sar­gin­son and Louise Car­ney.

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