Vol­un­teers ‘back­bone of so­ci­ety’

South Waikato News - - OPINION/NEWS -

Vol­un­teers across New Zealand will be in the lime­light this week for National Vol­un­teer Week which ends on Satur­day.

The theme for the week is He Tan­gata! He Tan­gata! He Tan­gata! which means it is peo­ple, it is peo­ple, it is peo­ple.

The phrase refers to a Maori proverb ask­ing what the most im­por­tant thing in the world is.

Vol­un­teer­ing New Zealand chief ex­ec­u­tive Vanisa Dhiru says vol­un­teers are the back­bone of our so­ci­ety.

‘‘National Vol­un­teer Week is an amaz­ing op­por­tu­nity to cel­e­brate ev­ery­thing vol­un­teers con­trib­ute to New Zealand. Vol­un­teers make our com­mu­ni­ties tick.’’

South Waikato woman Regina Man­ders who is af­fil­i­ated with Red Cross, a group made up of vol­un­teers, said there are many Red Cross groups work­ing away qui­etly in the com­mu­nity.

‘‘ In Toko­roa there is a ded­i­cated group who de­liver 35-40 meals on wheels five days a week. Th­ese meals are pre­pared at Toko­roa Hos­pi­tal. Pu­taruru also de­liver up to 40 meals per day, pre­pared at Rangiura.

‘‘Pu­taruru also does hos­pi­tal driv­ing. The driv­ers take pa­tients to their ap­point­ments at Waikato and Toko­roa Hos­pi­tal and even take them to the lo­cal GP if needed,’’ she said.

She told South Waikato News that ev­ery­one is wel­come to vol­un­teer their time.

‘‘There has been an in­crease in the de­mand for meals and trans­port and there is al­ways room for more vol­un­teers.’’

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