Loyal volunteers thanked as group ends
For 33 years the Ladies Auxiliary of the Wairarapa Cancer Society has raised money to support the work of the Cancer Society in the Wairarapa.
Formed in 1984, the Ladies Auxiliary has also advocated for cancer issues locally.
The group’s fundraising through annual events to support the cancer community was acknowledged by Cancer Society Wairarapa Chairperson Susan McWilliam. In an address she farewelled the outgoing Auxiliary members as they wound down after 33 years of volunteering.
‘‘They have raised approximately $4 million in supporting this community and will be missed. Luckily for us many of the original members have agreed to stay on as volunteers with the Cancer Society and will continue to assist with fundraising for events such as Daffodil Day,’’ McWilliam said.
Centre manager/supportive care co-ordinator Jacinta Buchanan said the group had wound down mainly due to its ageing demographic and because the fundraising environment had changed.
‘‘A lot of fundraising is electronic now and the Auxilliary’s fundraising focused on catering. Changes to OSH preventing catering at home in your own kitchen. Also younger prospects are working longer and do not have time to devote to these causes.
‘‘We are very sad about this because it’s a piece of the fabric of New Zealand that is dissolving.’’
National Volunteer Week is an appropriate time to say thank you to the Ladies Auxiliary for their volunteer support and service to the Wairarapa and the support they will continue to give.
Mary Bell, an inaurgural member of the Ladies Auxiliary of the Wairarapa Cancer Society, cuts a cake to mark the winding down of dedicated volunteers.