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Arthritis volunteers – where would we be without you?

Media Release

3 December 2013


Arthritis volunteers – where would we be without you?

Thousands of New Zealanders volunteer their time to support the many services of Arthritis New Zealand and help us in so many different ways, such as collecting during our annual appeal, helping with land and water-based exercise classes, driving, volunteering at children’s camps, assisting at seminars, administration tasks in our offices, and so much more. Without them, Arthritis New Zealand would be unable to provide comprehensive support to the 530,000 New Zealanders living with arthritis, said Chief Executive, Sandra Kirby, as she drew attention to International Volunteer Day, which occurs every year on 5 December. “

“Arthritis New Zealand has a long tradition of being a volunteer led organisation. Our Board lead the way in providing their time and skills to meet the mission. Volunteers help us in raising awareness of the more than 140 different forms of arthritis, advocating for those with the condition, and providing advice and support. Volunteer support means we are able to achieve much, much more than we could with our limited resources.”

“With the support of our volunteers, we can break down barriers and provide the networks that are so needed in our communities. If you would like to join our wonderful volunteers, we would love to hear from you. Phone 0800 663 463 or visit our website www.arthritis.org.nz,” Ms Kirby concluded.

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