Volunteering never a chore for veteran
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.’’
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.