Bringing home the baking
Maraia Statham goes to bed at night thinking about scones.
Then, each Monday, she makes them for the 70 to 100 people who attend the Friendship Centre’s senior entertainment group.
Statham’s voluntary service with the Anglican Social Work Trust was recognised at the fourth Volunteer Recognition Event last Thursday organised by the Volunteer Resource Centre Manawatu and Districts.
One of the recipients in the long service category, Statham has been a volunteer with the Anglican Social Work Trust since 1996.
During that time she had been a reliable kitchen helper, and for the past few years she has made the scones.
She began volunteering after a tragic event as a way to keep her mind on something else, and it was a role that fitted in with her caregiving job.
Statham said her grandparents had brought her up and she has always been able to relate to older people.
‘‘My passion is for older people, that’s what I do best,’’ the great-grandmother said.
While happy to share her time, talents and bubbly personality to brighten people’s day, the scone recipe remains a firm secret.
She also helps make sandwiches for morning and afternoon tea, serves cups of tea and coffee, and does the dishes afterwards.
‘‘It’s been a wonderful journey, it’s been an experience,’’ Statham said.
Mayor Grant Smith presented the volunteers with certificates and goodie bags at the Conference & Events Centre in front of about 180 people.
Volunteer Resource Centre manager Norelle Ward told the crowd while volunteers didn’t do it for the glory, ‘‘we love to inspire others with the fabulous work you do’’.
Volunteers and organisations were recognised across six main categories General, Long Service, Mature, Migrant, Youth, and Corporate.
A special mention went to Hope Walk organiser Katina Hughes.
Posthumous recognition was made for Stan and Betty Goston who were Mid-Central District Health Board magazine co-ordinators for 30 years.
Volunteer scone maker extraordinaire, Maraia Statham.