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All over New Zealand, com­mu­nity groups are find­ing it dif­fi­cult to lock in vol­un­teers for their var­i­ous events and ac­tiv­i­ties. Reporter Rexine Hawes’ front page ar­ti­cle demon­strates once such ex­am­ple, lo­cally, of a Scouts group try­ing hard to find a leader to en­sure the fu­ture of the group. There are many other or­gan­i­sa­tions in com­mu­ni­ties also strug­gling to find sup­port. Peo­ple are lead­ing busy lives th­ese days with lit­tle time left to of­fer oth­ers out­side of their im­me­di­ate fam­ily. This could spell the end of long-time or­gan­i­sa­tions which give so much back to the com­mu­nity. It’s also a topic our guest columnist, Adri­enne Wil­cock, hits on, on page 15. So it’s im­por­tant to think about how we can set a lit­tle time aside to help oth­ers. It could be to your lo­cal sports club, af­ter-school ac­tiv­i­ties, child­care group or maybe of the many projects be­ing led by Ro­tary and Lions clubs. There’s a lot of re­ward in work­ing as a vol­un­teer in your com­mu­nity.

Lawrence Gullery

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