SPCA vol­un­teer short­listed

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South Waikato’s Aimee Lee Ire­land, has been named as a fi­nal­ist in the SPCA Pu­rina Vol­un­teer of the Year Awards.

En­tries for the award were re­ceived from SPCA vol­un­teers across the coun­try and nar­rowed down to a shortlist of seven fi­nal­ists.

SPCA New Zealand act­ing CEO , An­drea Mid­gen, said, ‘‘The SPCA Pu­rina Vol­un­teer of the Year Awards aim to recog­nise the fan­tas­tic ef­forts of our vol­un­teers na­tion­wide. With­out vol­un­teer sup­port, the SPCA sim­ply could not func­tion.’’

For the past 15 months, Aimee has been help­ing out at South Waikato SPCA.

She start­ing on feed­ing and clean­ing du­ties, and quickly proved her­self to be hard­work­ing and ded­i­cated.

‘‘To­gether with her great ini­tia­tive this saw her quickly el­e­vated to the po­si­tion of week­end su­per­vi­sor,’’ said Mid­gen.

De­spite work­ing week­ends to over­see all as­pects of the run­ning of the shel­ter, Aimee also works sev­eral shifts dur­ing the week to man­age and train vol­un­teers and var­i­ous ad­min tasks.

South Waikato SPCA Chair­per­son, Leanne Ja­cobi said ‘‘I can’t speak highly enough of Aimee. I am al­ways blown away by what she does for the shel­ter. I’m not sure how we could have kept go­ing this long with­out her.

‘‘Aimee is will­ing to help out the shel­ter at ‘the drop of a hat’, day or night.

she said Aimee works around the clock to help all the an­i­mals.

Aimee said that she is shocked to be a fi­nal­ist and didn’t ex­pect any­thing like this to hap­pen.

‘‘I cer­tainly didn’t come down here to ex­pect to be nom­i­nated for any­thing, I just came down to help the an­i­mals,’’ she said.

She said out of the 46 SPCA’S in New Zealand, to be one of the seven is a big deal for ‘‘our small town.’’

‘‘I just come to work ev­ery day and look af­ter the an­i­mals.. I felt more that they [the bosses] ap­pre­ci­ated me that much to put me for­ward for it.’’

The awards are spon­sored by Nes­tle´ Pu­rina Pet­care, a prin­ci­pal part­ner of SPCA – sup­ply­ing more than 80,000kg of dog and cat food an­nu­ally.

The win­ner of SPCA Pu­rina Vol­un­teer of the Year Awards will be an­nounced at the end of May and will win a one year sup­ply of PU­RINA ONE cat or dog food and a $1,000 Prezzy Card.

TA­MARA THORN

Aimee Ire­land, one of seven cho­sen for the Pu­rina Awards throuhout New Za­land

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