Volunteer army vital to success
Considering the extent of the flooding throughout our wider and neighbouring regions on June 20, Ruahine Kindergarten Association was extremely lucky that we only had to temporarily close one kindergarten.
In the week where the nation celebrated our volunteers it was poignant that many of our staff, families, and friends gave up their Sunday, Monday and Tuesday to clean up the flooding aftermath at Foxton Kindergarten.
From sandbagging, cleaning out sheds and the veranda, emptying the sandpit, disinfecting toys and equipment, waterblasting the property with disinfectant, applying lime to the grass and bark, and disinfecting internal areas, to moving furniture and resources – there is no doubt the kindergarten would not have been approved for reopening so quickly without the help of our unflappable and hardworking volunteers.
At kindergarten, volunteers are always welcome and are crucial to our success. Thanks to our 296 volunteers, who provide an average of 191 hours to our 24 kindergartens every week, we are able to deliver quality, affordable education to our young learners.
Cleaning up after a natural disaster is a very rare occurrence. Instead, our voluntary roles typically include anything from gardening, odd jobs, reading and working with children, to participating on kindergarten committees and in parent groups and organising fundraisers.
Matariki celebrations are a great example of how, with thanks to our volunteers, kindergartens can bring a whole community together.
For Hokowhitu Kindergarten’s hangi, 18 parents helped prepare food that had been donated by the kindergarten’s families and supporters. The hangi was laid down by the Te Huna family, with support from their networks and Tai Wananga Tu Toa, helping the kindergarten to feed 150 people.
Volunteers help dish out the kai from the Hokowhitu Kindergarten’s Matariki hangi.