Cel­e­brat­ing vol­un­teers

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By SAM DUFF

Porirua will cel­e­brate In­ter­na­tional Vol­un­teer Day this week with a call for more res­i­dents to sac­ri­fice their time for a good cause.

Vol­un­teer Porirua spokes­woman Lynne Hard­ing said the city had hun­dreds of vol­un­teers with a di­verse range of skills.

‘‘We help about 400 vol­un­teers a year to meet or­gan­i­sa­tions that need them,’’ she said.

Nearly 5 per cent of New Zealand’s daily GDP was gen­er­ated by vol­un­teers, she said.

Ms Hard­ing said Vol­un­teer Porirua would cel­e­brate on Thurs­day by hold­ing an event to sign up vol­un­teers and also re­ward those who had worked hard through­out the year.

She said ben­e­fits to vol­un­teer­ing in­cluded mak­ing friends, learn­ing new skills and feel­ing good about your­self.

‘‘In Porirua we are see­ing quite a few younger peo­ple com­ing through, which is re­ally good.’’

Most cen­tres had more fe­male vol­un­teers than males, but in Porirua it was an even split.

Ms Hard­ing said or­gan­i­sa­tions such as Refugees Ser­vices, Cit­i­zens Ad­vice Bureau and Idea Ser­vices al­ways sought helpers.

Tak­ing it to the Streets, De­cem­ber 5, the Canopies, 11.30am.

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