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.