Hon­our­ing our com­mu­nity vol­un­teers

The Tribune (NZ) - - NEWS - RICHARD MAYS

Pic­ture a com­mu­nity with­out ’em. Vol­un­teers. These are the peo­ple who keep many of our essen­tial or­gan­i­sa­tions func­tion­ing at a level where they can make a real dif­fer­ence.

For the last three years, the Vol­un­teer Re­source Cen­tre Manawatu & Dis­tricts has held a recog­ni­tion event for those who give up their time and ex­per­tise in ser­vice to oth­ers.

Now is time to get nom­i­na­tions in so that those out­stand­ing vol­un­teers and their sig­nif­i­cant con­tri­bu­tions can be ac­knowl­edged.

Re­source Cen­tre man­ager Norelle Ward says she wants to be ‘‘over­whelmed by the sheer num­ber of nom­i­na­tions’’.

‘‘Any­one can make a nom­i­na­tion, they don’t have to be af­fil­i­ated to the Vol­un­teer Re­source Cen­tre. What we are look­ing for is the story be­hind the vol­un­teer and their con­tri­bu­tions – sto­ries that could in­spire oth­ers.’’

Nom­i­na­tions from Palmer­ston North City, Manawatu, Tararua, or Horowhenua dis­tricts across the six cat­e­gories – general, youth, se­nior, mi­grant, cor­po­rate sec­tor, and long ser­vice, close on April 15.

Or­gan­i­sa­tions can nom­i­nate up to four vol­un­teers across the six cat­e­gories.

The nom­i­na­tions will be as­sessed by mem­bers of a vol­un­tary panel who have not been in­volved in any of the nom­i­na­tions.

‘‘They will be look­ing for those heart sto­ries – some­thing to help ignite the pas­sion in oth­ers.’’

Nom­i­na­tions can be made on­line at www.vr­c­manawatu.org.nz or forms can be down­loaded or col­lected from lo­cal li­braries or at Han­cock Com­mu­nity House. Al­ter­na­tively email info@vr­c­manawatu.org.nz to have a form sent out.

Na­tional Vol­un­teer Week will be cel­e­brated from June 19 – 25, and the awards will be pre­sented at the recog­ni­tion cer­e­mony held dur­ing the week.

The The cen­tre would like to hear of other plans that groups may have to mark the week. Norelle can be con­tacted on 354 6027, info@vr­c­manawatu.org.nz and at Han­cock Com­mu­nity House, 77 King St.

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