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Plunket celebrates National Volunteer Week

This National Volunteer Week (18-24 June) Plunket is celebrating its volunteers across the country and the diverse ways in which they support whānau with young tamariki.

“Volunteers founded Plunket in 1907 to ‘help the mothers and save the babies’ and 110 years later, volunteers are still at the heart of our services for families,” says Andree Talbot, Plunket New Zealand President.

“National Volunteer Week is a chance for us to say thank you to all those who make time and give their individual skills to help families in their local communities, this week and every week.”

Thousands of people across the country give back to their local communities by volunteering for Plunket and Talbot says that being a volunteer for Plunket means much more than you may think. 

“Our Volunteers support many services including parent support groups, playgroups, child safety programmes, parenting education courses, and much more. Today, there is great diversity in how volunteers are giving their time. People are just as likely to run a local Plunket Facebook page or produce an e-newsletter as staff a Plunket family centre.”

‘Live, laugh, share – volunteer’, this National Volunteer Week’s theme, captures the appreciation felt when people come together to build stronger communities through volunteering. This resonates strongly with Plunket whose volunteers create connected communities by bringing families together.

“Research and our own experience show that children are more likely to thrive when they grow up in communities where families give their time to help each other. We’re grateful to every volunteer who has contributed their time to help families now and over the years” says Talbot.

If you are interested in getting involved in your local community, gaining new skills and helping Plunket get the best start for every child, contact your local Plunket office.

For more information contact:

Jen Riches, Plunket Senior Communications Advisor 021 405 842

 Notes to the editor

This year Plunket volunteer Railene Mabin was recognized in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list and was awarded The Queen’s Service Medal for services to the Plunket Society.

Mrs Mabin initially joined her local Plunket group 45 years ago and helped with fundraising by selling bunches of daffodils at her gate, which grew into selling bunches at service stations. This eventually culminated in her vision of the Spring Festival at Taniwha Station, at which people are able to come and pick their own daffodils and donate to Plunket. Each weekend in September local volunteers wrap bunches for sale, with all proceeds going to Plunket, while attracting tourists visiting Hawke’s Bay to stop and pick their own daffodils. Over the past 25 years her efforts have resulted in more than $250,000 being raised for Plunket and contributed towards providing two cars for the local Plunket nurses, running costs for the local office and retention of the Waipukurau Plunket rooms. Mrs Mabin’s efforts were recognised with a Civic Award in 2009.

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