VITAL TO OUR LIVES

South Canterbury Herald - - YOUR LOCAL NEWS -

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.

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