Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search

 

Teenagers Volunteer to Help the Public in Waikato Hospital

Teenagers Volunteer to Help the Public in Waikato Hospital



Samuela (Sam) Tabudravu, Prarthna Reddy, Lyza Tejada, Cerise Willis, Rexana Wallace, Allory Morgan, Anne Jude, Su-Ann Yee, Vaughn Ticar. Absent: Chloe Haig-Buck and Kallon Nikora


The enthusiasm and energy 11 Hamilton teenagers will bring to their volunteering duties at Waiora Waikato hospital campus in Hamilton will not only help them long-term but also aid the hundreds of visitors who come to the hospital every day to visit patients.

The Hospital Host Youth Crew stand out in their bright red shirts and from 4pm-6pm Monday to Friday they will be on hand to assist those struggling to find their way around what is Australasia’s largest hospital campus.

National Volunteer Week starts tomorrow (Sunday 15 June) and ends on 21 June with Waikato District Health Board (DHB) keen to acknowledge the many people from throughout the Waikato community who give their time for nothing to help people in their five hospitals around the region in Hamilton, Thames, Tokoroa, Te Kuiti and Taumarunui.

It is the DHB's newest and youngest volunteers though in the spotlight when National Volunteer Week kicks off.

The theme for the week is “Naku te rourou nau te rourou ka ora ai te tangata” which has been translated as “With your contribution and my contribution the people will live.”

Waikato DHB volunteer co-ordinator Chris Atkinson said she was thrilled to get so much interest from Hamilton teenagers when the call went out for help recently.

“We celebrate the knowledge, skills and invaluable contributions of volunteers. These young people bring an enthusiasm and energy to our hospital that is very refreshing.

“Many of them are considering a health-related career or something in hospitality and are keen to learn more about our hospital and help people along the way,” she said.

That certainly is true for three of them – Rexana Wallace, 17, Prarthna Reddy, 18, both of Melville High School and Samuela Tabudravu, 17, St John’s College.

Rexana’s mother was in hospital recently and while visiting her, Rexana got lost. The Year 13 student, who wants to be flight attendant, said she wanted to be able to help sad people by taking them to where they needed to go so “they don’t have to worry.”

Prarthna sees her volunteering duties as a “good opportunity to give back to the community and help people.”

Youth Hospital Hosts_03Jun2014_0031mod webShe wants to study medicine and go on to become a surgeon.

Samuela intends studying biochemistry and health science at university. His motivation to put his name forward as a volunteer came through a desire to help other people and make a difference in the community.

In return for their volunteered time, they are learning new skills in customer service and working with diversity as well as fine-tuning their communication skills.

Most of the youth crew balances volunteering with other academic, sporting and cultural commitments yet still find time to help at the hospital.

“Their positive attitude and dependability is wonderful to see – they have enjoyed learning the ropes and meeting some interesting people along the way,” said Mrs Atkinson.

“The training wheels are about to come off and I have every confidence that this group of young people will represent our organisation well and provide a much valued service to our visitors and patients.”

Waikato DHB supports opportunities for volunteering at all its hospitals. Volunteering promotes good health and emotional well-being, and sustains and strengthens values of community, caring and sharing.

The philosophy behind volunteering for Waikato DHB is:
* Waikato DHB believes that volunteers have an integral part to play in the provision of health services
* volunteers do not replace professional services but, through their time, skills and personal interest, bring an additional dimension to the comfort and welfare of patients and visitors, and to the quality of service provided.

ends

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Environment Commission: Time For Historic Step For Climate Change

Dr Wright has recommended a new Act that is similar to the UK Climate Change Act...

A similar law in New Zealand would put emissions targets into law, and require the setting of carbon budgets that would act as stepping stones towards the targets. It would also establish a high-powered independent expert group that would crunch the numbers and provide objective advice. More>>

 

Gordon Campbell: On Act, The Centre-Right’s Perennial Ugly Duckling

Act endures, despite its thoroughly fossilized views: it is the only lighthouse still shining the beams of 1980s market fundamentalism out into the electoral darkness. More>>

ALSO:

Immigration: Changes To Temporary Work Visas Confirmed

“The consultation process resulted in around 170 submissions and today’s announcement shows the Government has listened to the feedback raised by employers and industry, particularly in the regions,” Mr Woodhouse says. More>>

ALSO:

Rental WOF Passes 2nd Reading: Little Bill Goes A Long Way

The strong call from the public for warm, dry, healthy rentals has helped the Healthy Homes Guarantee Bill to pass its second reading, says Leader of the Opposition Andrew Little. More>>

ALSO:

Incomes & Housing Costs: No Signs Of Real Improvement For Poorest Families

CPAG: The latest Household Incomes Survey report shows that not everyone is better off, despite that income poverty seems to have lessened since the Global Financial Crisis in 2008. More>>

ALSO:

Turei To Be Interviewed By MSD: Gordon Campbell On The Real Truth Deficit In Welfare

It has been astonishing to see the amount of time and energy being spent on what Greens co-leader Metiria Turei did or didn’t do properly as a beneficiary back in the early 1990s – as compared to how little time and energy is being put into the point of her personal example. More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election