Vol­un­teer Aware­ness

The Tribune (NZ) - - NEWS - LIZ CHAN­DLER VOL­UN­TEER WRITER:

This year’s Vol­un­teer Recog­ni­tion Event was held at the Palmer­ston North Con­ven­tion Cen­tre on Tues­day.

Hosted by the Vol­un­teer Re­source Cen­tre Manawatu & Dis­tricts as part of Na­tional Vol­un­teer Week and its themes Make Time (Whai wha¯) and Thanks for mak­ing time (Kia ora mo¯ ta¯u whai wha¯), the third an­nual pub­lic recog­ni­tion for lo­cal com­mu­nity vol­un­teers at­tracted 44 entries from Palmer­ston North, Dan­nevirke, and Levin.

‘‘About 30 per cent of Palmer­ston North res­i­dents vol­un­teer in one way or an­other,’’ ex­plains the Vol­un­teer Re­source Cen­tre’s Norelle Ward. ‘‘We have the high­est per­cent­age of vol­un­teers na­tion­ally.’’

Norelle says nom­i­na­tions for the six spon­sored cat­e­gories – Youth; Mi­grant; Gen­eral; Cor­po­rate; Se­nior and Long Ser­vice – have been grad­u­ally in­creas­ing since the event’s in­cep­tion.

Spe­cial men­tion was made of the on­go­ing sup­port from Massey Univer­sity’s Halls of Res­i­dence for the Pit Park Project. For the past six years stu­dents from the Halls of Res­i­dence have fund-raised to pro­vide plants for the park, while plant­ing over 6,000 trees, shrubs and other na­tives, and help­ing with weed­ing and mulching at the site.

Norelle says the Vol­un­teer Re­source Cen­tre was re­ally ap­pre­cia­tive of key spon­sors, the Palmer­ston North City Coun­cil, MidCen­tral DHB, Awa­puni Ro­tary Club, Gor­geous, Cuba Street Bake­house and In­spire Net.

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