VITAL TO OUR LIVES
Volunteers are a vital part of our community with more than 1.2 million New Zealanders offering 157m hours of their time each year. Without their help, many non-profit organisations would not be able to offer the support they do.
The South Canterbury Herald starts a series on volunteer groups today. Each week a reporter will spend time volunteering with a charity and then write about the experience.
This week Megan Sutherland has written about bunching daffodils for the Cancer Society’s Daffodil Day, one of the organisation’s biggest annual fundraisers to support the important work it does in supporting cancer patients.
Volunteering New Zealand chief executive Scott Miller said volunteer numbers were 40 per cent down on 2004 because people were busier.
Miller said New Zealand was usually in the top five countries in the world for volunteer numbers, but the challenge was to work more effectively and smarter with fewer of them.