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In 2004 Volunteer Awareness Week is 7 to 13 March

Press Release
March 2nd 2004


“Aotearoa New Zealand would NOT be the great place to live that it is today
if we didn’t have volunteers”

In 2004 Volunteer Awareness Week is 7 to 13 March

From Birth to Death – through Baby Care, Playcentre, Kindergarten, School, Sport, Hobbies, Health and Welfare, Parks and Reserves, Museums and Galleries – Volunteers impact on our lives.
‘When we stop to consider what volunteers do the list is endless’

Across the country Volunteer Awareness Week will be celebrated from Sunday 7 March to Saturday 13 March.

What a fantastic opportunity to acknowledge the contribution volunteers make to our communities and lives.

Each of the 9 Volunteer Centres around Aotearoa New Zealand and many organisations will be celebrating in their own unique way. Contact your nearest volunteer centre and/ or volunteer organisations to see what they are doing to celebrate, there is bound to be a good story in it. Many of the organisations use this week to stage their Volunteer Recognition Awards ceremonies and often local celebrities are involved in these.

Volunteers are so active in our communities that we can easily overlook their contribution, we forget they are volunteering their time, because they are always just there.

Volunteer Awareness Week is an opportunity to stop and consider the impact volunteers have on our daily lives. Our communities rely on the effort of volunteers to function, they help out with: kitchen and cleaning duties; maintenance and care of grounds and buildings; service delivery for health, welfare, education, sport, arts, rescue, advocacy and more and sometimes just to give someone a bit of time and compassion.

‘They make our lives run smoothly’

Chair of Volunteering New Zealand Alison Marshall said today.

“Volunteer Awareness Week gives all New Zealanders the opportunity to think about the contribution volunteers make to our society. This is your chance to say thank you!”

To contact your nearest Volunteer Centre, see attached list.
Volunteer Centres:

0800 VolCntr (0800 865 268) For Your Nearest Centre
AUCKLAND CANTERBURY
VOLUNTEERING AUCKLAND
186 Manukau road
Epsom
AUCKLAND
Ph (09) 520-7009
Fax (09) 522-1117
aucklandvolunteer@kiwilink.co.nz VOLUNTEERING CANTERBURY
PO Box 13 698
Armagh
CHRISTCHURCH
Ph (03) 366-2442
Fax (03) 366-0117
vc@volcan.org.nz
On the WWW
www.volcan.org.nz
Ruth Gardner, Manager

DUNEDIN GISBORNE
DUNEDIN COMMUNITY VOLUNTEER CENTRE
1st Floor, Community House
283 Moray Place
DUNEDIN
Ph (03) 471-6206
Fax (03) 471-6209
dvct@ihug.co.nz GISBORNE VOLUNTEER CENTRE
336 Palmerston Road
GISBORNE
Ph (06) 868-4522
Fax (06) 868-4522
gisvolunteercentre@xtra.co.nz
NELSON WAIKATO
NELSON VOLUNTEER CENTRE
50 Halifax Street
NELSON
Ph (03) 546-7681
Fax (03) 546-7681
nvc@ts.co.nz
Also at: Volunteer Marlborough
Aorere Building, 54 Scott St, Blenheim
Ph (03) 577 9388
mvc@ts.co.nz VOLUNTEERING WAIKATO
2nd Floor
Caro Street Community Bldg
Caro Street
Box 19111
Hamilton Central
HAMILTON
Ph (07) 839-3191
Fax (07) 839-7987
volunteeringwaikato@xtra.co.nz
TAURANGA WELLINGTON
COMPASS VOLUNTEER CENTRE. TAURANGA
Compass Community Village
17th Avenue West
TAURANGA
PO Box 841
Ph (07) 571 3714
Fax (07) 571 3701
bev@compass.comtrust.co.nz VOLUNTEER WELLINGTON
Level 1
58-60 Victoria Street
WELLINGTON
Ph (04) 499-4570
Fax (04) 499-3907
admin@volunteerwellington.org.nz
On the Web
www.volunteerwellington.org.nz

WANGANUI
WHANGANUI VOLUNTEER CENTRE
Room 208 Community House
53A Ridgway Street
PO Box 102
WANGANUI
Ph (06) 347-9430
whanganuivolunteercentre@xtra.co.nz
On the Web
Whanganui Volunteer Centre
Marion Dean, Manager PH 021 266 6057

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