Vol­un­teer­ing never a chore for vet­eran

Matamata Chronicle - - News - By NI­COLA STE­WART

From Plun­ket and the Red Cross to coach of the school rugby team, vol­un­teers are an in­te­gral part of the Mata­mata com­mu­nity.

Vol­un­teer work­ers from across New Zealand are be­ing recog­nised this week as part of Vol­un­teer Aware­ness Week 2012.

Rowena Ran­dell acts as a vol­un­teer at the Mata­mata Red Cross store and said it was an amaz­ing po­si­tion to be in.

‘‘You get to meet so many peo­ple within the com­mu­nity and there are so many op­por­tu­ni­ties to update your skills and gain ex­pe­ri­ence,’’ she said.

As a peo­ple per­son, Ms Ran­dell said she par­tic­u­larly en­joyed in­ter­act­ing with the cus­tomers.

‘‘I al­ways have a chat and a lit­tle joke with them. Just a smile or a thank you when I’ve been able to help them out puts me on a high for the rest of the day.’’

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teenager vol­un­teer­ing at a Sal­va­tion Army shop, Ms Ran­dell has con­tin­ued to put up her hand when there were un­paid jobs to be done.

‘‘I’ve done a lot of fundrais­ing with the Par­ent Teacher As­so­ci­a­tion at Mata­mata Pri­mary and with the Scouts, de­liv­er­ing phone books, fer­tiliser drives, that kind of thing.’’

Shop co- or­di­na­tor Mon­tague said that Leanne with­out vol­un­teers such as Ms Ran­dell, the Red Cross would not ex­ist.

‘‘ She’s great, she comes in be­fore we even open and al­ways brings a friendly, pos­i­tive at­ti­tude.’’

Yes­ter­day, the annual Mata­mata- Pi­ako Com­mu­nity Vol­un­teer Awards were held at Mata­mata Memo­rial Cen­tre to ac­knowl­edge the com­mit­ment made by vol­un­teers in our district.

Help­ing hand: Rowena Ran­dell is a ded­i­cated vol­un­teer at the Mata­mata Red Cross shop.

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