Event show­cas­ing work of vol­un­teers

Waihi Leader - - News -

Waihi vol­un­teer groups are in­vited to show­case their ac­tiv­i­ties in a one-day event.

What started out as an idea for vol­un­teer groups with an in­ter­est in her­itage or his­tory to show­case their ac­tiv­i­ties has turned into Waihi Vol­un­teer Day, ac­cord­ing to Roger Pearce, chair­per­son of Waihi Her­itage Vi­sion.

“When we first had the idea, we were in­tend­ing to involve groups which had a par­tic­u­lar in­ter­est in her­itage, but the more groups we spoke with, the more ob­vi­ous it be­came that there was a real in­ter­est from other vol­un­teer or­gan­i­sa­tions and groups in Waihi.”

The Vol­un­teer Day will run from 2pm to 7pm on Wed­nes­day, Oc­to­ber 31 in the Waihi Memorial Hall.

Roger says that with the an­nual Hau­raki Dis­trict Coun­cil Cit­i­zens’ Awards be­ing held that evening in Paeroa, many re­cip­i­ents from the pre­vi­ous years have put in years of vol­un­teer­ing.

“So far we have nine groups which have in­di­cated they will at­tend the Vol­un­teer Day and we have room for more.

“All you have to do is be pre­pared to turn up with some in­for­ma­tion for a ta­ble or per­haps a dis­play board and be pre­pared to talk with peo­ple. It will be low key and in­for­mal,” Roger says.

Sev­eral groups, such as Waihi Habi­tat En­hance­ment and Land­care Part­ner­ship (HELP), Gold­fields Rail­way, Vic­to­ria Bat­tery and Tramway So­ci­ety, Waihi Mu­seum & Arts Cen­tre, St John, Grey Power, Waihi Com­mu­nity Fo­rum, Waihi Lions and event or­gan­is­ers Waihi Her­itage Vi­sion will be part of the event.

By Oc­to­ber 31, Waihi Memorial Hall will be dressed up for Ar­mistice Day cen­ten­nial com­mem­o­ra­tions, or­gan­ised by Waihi Her­itage Vi­sion members.

It is also the 60th an­niver­sary of the build­ing of the hall.

“It has been used by the com­mu­nity since then for an in­cred­i­bly wide range of ac­tiv­i­ties. The Ar­mistice Cen­ten­nial is an ex­am­ple of what can be achieved when a num­ber of groups get to­gether on a project. We think that spirit needs to be fos­tered and en­cour­aged.”

It’s an op­por­tu­nity for any vol­un­teer groups to ex­plain what they do and for the com­mu­nity to get a bet­ter understanding of what is avail­able to be part of.

“We have a lot of newly-ar­rived res­i­dents in Waihi.

“That means lots of peo­ple who may not know what the town has to of­fer, but also lots of peo­ple with skills, time and knowl­edge that can be put to good use. This event is de­signed to put all of that to­gether.”

■ Groups wish­ing to par­tic­i­pate in the Vol­un­teer Day event should con­tact Si­mon El­son Si­mon­fel­son@gmail.com

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