Vol­un­teers turn out in droves


The en­thu­si­asm and up­take of vol­un­teer­ing teams in North­land has hit a high with many teams and in­di­vid­u­als putting their hands up in re­sponse.

In recog­ni­tion of Na­tional Vol­un­teer Week, from June 18 to 24, Vol­un­teer­ing North­land asked a num­ber of busi­nesses and or­gan­i­sa­tions to rally a group or team to vol­un­teer on a project at a non­profit for a half day dur­ing the week.

The re­sponse was phe­nom­e­nal, with teams rang­ing from large cor­po­rate or­gan­i­sa­tion’s lead­er­ship teams and big busi­ness groups, through to other non­prof­its, mi­grants and stu­dent crews tak­ing part.

Some groups are us­ing their busi­ness skills to help a com­mu­nity group, while oth­ers took part in book-sort­ing, tree plant­ing, paint­ing, clean­ing and even un­pack­ing thou­sands of teddy bears.

Over 24 teams have al­ready com­mit­ted to help out var­i­ous non-profit or­gan­i­sa­tions all over North­land.

Vol­un­teer­ing North­land man­ager Bart van der Meer says the re­sponse was in­cred­i­ble.

‘‘We know that most peo­ple vol­un­teer be­cause some­one asked them to, this year our role was to start the ask­ing and then be a con­duit be­tween the var­i­ous groups,’’ he says.

Dive Tu­takaka vol­un­teers chip in dur­ing Vol­un­teer Week.

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