Today is International Volunteer Day and Plunket is paying tribute to the thousands of its volunteers around New Zealand who support the charity. International Volunteer Day is a United Nations-led initiative that celebrates the one billion-strong volunteer workforce around the world. The theme for 2016 is “Together we can”, which the organisation says emphasises the power of community and that by working together, we can achieve great things.
A new Plunket antenatal programme is exceeding all expectations – for the parents taking part and for the volunteers who are the secrets to its success. Hosted by the Johnsonville Plunket Centre, the programme is the brainchild of Sandra Yeldon, a Plunket volunteer and President of the Johnsonville Plunket Committee. Determined to find a sustainable way of funding the increasing costs of operating the centre, Sandra researched and confirmed community demand for a reasonably priced antenatal class.
National Volunteer Week (21-27 June) is a chance for Plunket to celebrate the thousands of volunteers across the country, and the different ways they give their time to support families with young children. “Volunteers founded Plunket in 1907 to ‘help the mothers and save the babies’, and over a century later, volunteers are still at the heart of our services for families today,” said Andree Talbot, Plunket New Zealand President. “National Volunteer Week is a chance for us to say thank you to all those who give their time and their individual skills to help families in our region, this week and every week.
It’s official – Kiwis’ hearts are among the biggest in the world. The World Giving Index has ranked New Zealand as the world’s third most giving nation, behind the US in first place, Ireland in second place, and ahead of Australia in fourth place . Today, Plunket is calling for Kiwis’ to exercise their world-famous kindness – the charity is calling on people to give back to its community services, as part of global social media campaign #GivingTuesday.
With nominations now open for the Minister of Health Volunteer Awards, now is a good time to think about a Plunket Volunteer who has made an impact in your community. The awards not only recognise outstanding individuals, teams and organisations, but they raise awareness around the important and valuable role volunteers play. Last year’s award recipients ranged in age from 14 to 85, and their stories were wide ranging and very inspiring.
International Volunteers Day on 5 December is a chance to acknowledge and thank more than one million New Zealanders who give their time and skills to make a difference in their communities every year. For the past 106 years the passion and dedication of volunteers has enabled Plunket to give New Zealand parents the knowledge and support they need to nurture healthy, happy kiwi babies. Plunket New Zealand President Tristine Clark says volunteers are what make Plunket different from other Well Child providers.
Haidee Hemsley recently won the Pam Murray Volunteer of the Year Award, which has been running since Pam Murray was the New Zealand President of Plunket (From 1999-2003). Haidee has been volunteering for the Titahi Bay Committee for five years, and currently holds the role of President. Moana Uerata-Jennings, Wellington Plunket’s Community Service Leader, said that Haidee has been integral to keeping the Committee together in a very diverse community.
Volunteer Awareness Week (16-22 June) is a chance to acknowledge and thank more than one million New Zealanders who give their time and skills to make a difference in their communities every year. “Plunket was founded 106 years ago by people who wanted to help others in their communities”, says Plunket New Zealand President Tristine Clark. “Today we have thousands of hard working, selfless people who give of their time, knowledge, skills and energy.