Loyal vol­un­teers thanked as group ends

Wairarapa News - - OUT & ABOUT - SUE EMENY

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.

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