Bring­ing home the bak­ing

The Tribune (NZ) - - CONVERSATIONS - JU­DITH LACY

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.

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Vol­un­teer scone maker ex­traor­di­naire, Maraia Statham.

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