Seven and a half years ago Kaye Connor and her family welcomed their first baby into the world. It wasn’t long before she found herself volunteering for Plunket. This month, Kaye was awarded Plunket Volunteer of the Year for the Auckland region at a function supported by BestStart, Plunket’s Star Partner.
Kaye (on left in photo) has since had another two babies and her passion for supporting local families is still strong. She has been instrumental in coordinating the Plunket parent playgroups in Parnell.
"It's wonderful to be a part of Plunket and volunteer in our community," says Kaye.
"It's the people that make us want to keep volunteering. My family and I have made some great friends through our local Plunket group.
"I was overwhelmed to receive this award; there are so many volunteers out there doing valuable things for their communities. I'm just one of an amazing team within our local Volunteer Group."
Clare Green, Plunket’s Community Services Manager says that Kaye has worked incredibly hard to build relationships with families, as well as with the local Council and organisations such as Parnell’s Rotary Club, Community Trust and Business Association all in an effort to support the growing and diverse needs of the community.
“She has so much drive and enthusiasm in everything she does from fundraisers, working bees and seeking sponsorships and donations,” says Clare, who also acknowledged the positive influence Kaye has had on new volunteers to Plunket.
Kaye was recognised along with other Plunket volunteers at an annual celebration event where volunteers were given chocolates and a Bright Ideas for Young Minds book from BestStart Educare. “We know how important volunteers are to Plunket and we were so pleased to be able to help recognise the work they do to support families and communities,” says Rachel D’Cruz, Communications Manager, BestStart Educare (pictured on right in photo).
Clare said that Plunket is so grateful for the help it receives from its volunteers. “It was really nice to be able to take some time to recognise them on International Volunteers’ Day. We know how busy they are in their own lives, so the fact they contribute their time to support others is fantastic.”
17 December 2018