40+ Years of Plunket Volunteer Service Recognised

Western Springs resident Mary Hall has been recognised for her outstanding volunteer service to Plunket in the Minister of Health’s Volunteer Awards this year.

 Over 40 years of dedication saw Mary receive the Long Service Award, presented by the Minister of Health, Tony Ryall at Middlemore hospital last Friday.

 “I never thought I would receive an award like this; for me it has never been about recognition for doing something I love – and Plunket has become such a big part of my life” Mary said.

 Mary has been involved in many roles, from supporting services and children’s safety to branch and board representative positions. Some of the roles Mary has held for over 20 years.

 “I originally got involved when doing third year Physical Education at college in 1971. “I was required to be involved with two community services, so I chose Plunket and Scouting, and I’m still going” laughed Mary.

 Today Mary single-handedly supports a Plunket facility that provides a variety of services including a nurses’ clinic, parenting education, playgroups and community events.

The mother of four adult-aged children has been involved with projects including the original Pool Fencing Act, various cot death prevention projects, and was involved with the Auckland District Koha car seat scheme when it first began in 1981.

 Plunket New Zealand President Tristine Clark says Plunket is very proud of the recognition Mary has received. “We are in the enviable position of having thousands of hard working, selfless volunteers who give of their time, knowledge, skills and energy.

 “Many of the services Plunket offers - such as parenting education, car seat rental schemes, toy libraries, parent support groups, playgroups, child safety programmes and helping raise funds to assist with the running of the family centres – simply wouldn’t be possible without our volunteers like Mary - who is just a wonderful lady” said Mrs Clark. 

 Mary is also well-known to the local councils, police and fire services in Auckland, having worked with them all on various child restraint campaigns and numerous safety projects.

However it appears that recognition of long service does not mean it is time to put the feet up. “Oh no’ said the tireless volunteer, “I love what I do. “My kids have grown up in Plunket, I have made lots of friends – and there is work to be done” said Mary.


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