Volunteers ‘backbone of society’
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.’’