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Save the Children NZ Recognises Volunteers

18 November 2009 - Save the Children New Zealand is recognising six volunteers who together have contributed a combined total of over 150 years of dedicated service.

The long service award winners were announced during the 61st Annual General Meeting held in Wellington last weekend.

The award winners were
- Eunice Love, Manawatu, Long Service Award
- Jeanne Taylor, Nelson, Long Service Award
- Leonie Smith, Wanganui, Long Service Award
- Pam Brown, Western Bay of Plenty, Distinguished Service Award
- Veronica Marlow, Nelson, Long Service Award
- Sally Hewitt, Gisborne, Long Service Award

Newly elected president, Arthur Davis, said, “Volunteers are the backbone of our organisation. From the very beginning of Save the Children New Zealand, the dedication of our volunteers has enabled us to help children in need all over the world. That’s over 60 years of hard work and commitment. We couldn’t do what we do without them.”

Today over 6,000 New Zealanders volunteer their time for Save the Children New Zealand, raising funds and running 31 retail shops from the North Shore to Southland. In the shops alone, our volunteers work for 80,000 hours per year.

The funds raised by volunteers go towards supporting Save the Children’s work in countries such as Fiji, Kenya, India, New Zealand, Nepal, Papua New Guinea and Zimbabwe.

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Notes to the editor:
Save the Children is the world’s leading independent organisation for children with members in 29 countries making a difference to children’s lives in over 120 countries. Save the Children fights for children’s rights and delivers immediate and lasting improvements to children’s lives that help to make them healthy, educated and protected.

Award Winner details:

Eunice Love, Manawatu, Long Service Award
Eunice has been an active and committed member of the Manawatu Save the Children committee since 1976. During this time she has undertaken on the role of Branch President twice and also that of Branch Secretary. For over 20 years, she has also been the shop Roster Secretary.

Jeanne Taylor, Nelson, Long Service Award
Having lived in Kenya, Jeanne has seen for herself the poverty which is experienced by many children. She has been involved with Save the Children for 30 years, including 14 years as Branch Secretary.

Leonie Smith, Wanganui, Long Service Award
Leonie joined the Wanganui branch of Save the Children in 1988. A great organiser and outstanding contributor, Leonie has held the positions of Branch Publicity Officer, Branch Vice President, Branch President and Branch Secretary – a position which she still holds today.

Pam Brown, Western Bay of Plenty, Distinguished Service Award
Pam has given nearly 20 years of untiring service, voluntarily, for the betterment of children both here in New Zealand and in many countries around the world. She was Branch Vice President of the region for a number of years.

Veronica Marlow, Nelson, Long Service Award
Veronica is a dedicated person, who originally joined Save the Children having seen firsthand children living in poverty when she lived in East Africa. After 30 years she is still actively interested in the work of the organisation. She held the position of Branch Sponsorship Secretary for 20 years.

Sally Hewitt, Gisborne, Long Service Award
Sally’s involvement with Save the Children started as a junior member. She has filled many roles on the Save the Children Gisborne committee and has raised thousands of dollars over the years. Sally is known for her dedication, enthusiasm and creativity.


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