The Tribune (NZ) - - WELCOME - – Richard

Pic­ture a Palmer­ston North with­out vol­un­teers. That could be tricky. Vol­un­teers look just like reg­u­lar folk. They can be any age; turn­ing up to make a con­tri­bu­tion in such a way you’d of­ten never sus­pect they were un­paid, or act­ing out of al­tru­ism

Be­cause they look like reg­u­lar peo­ple, what they ac­com­plish is of­ten ‘‘in­vis­i­ble’’. How­ever, with­out this in­vis­i­ble army of com­mit­ted helpers, some things we take for granted, ei­ther wouldn’t hap­pen, or wouldn’t hap­pen to the de­gree we’ve come to ex­pect.

From sport­ing side­lines to so­cial and com­mu­nity clubs and ser­vices, from op shop staff to refugee re­set­tle­ment, tree plant­ing and food banks, vol­un­teers are the salt of the earth.

Next week is Na­tional Vol­un­teer Week – rais­ing aware­ness about the vol­un­teer­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties that ex­ist for peo­ple to serve their com­mu­ni­ties, while mak­ing oth­ers aware of just how much vol­un­teers add to the qual­ity of our sur­round­ings.

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