13 June 2018

National Volunteer Week (17 – 23 June) is a time to celebrate the 1.2 million people who are volunteering their time and skills to our communities every year.

Every week here in the Upper Clutha, hundreds of volunteers put in countless hours to a huge range of
organisations to keep our community ticking along so beautifully. Our community and environment benefits enormously from their volunteering spirit and generosity. Volunteering Central thanks all volunteers for their passion and commitment!

Everyone has their part to play and no matter how small the role appears, volunteers are instrumental in keeping our communities strong, connected and special places to live and visit. We encourage everyone who has considered volunteering, but never quite got round to it – to get out there and just do it!

Volunteering Central are thrilled to have the support of some amazing community leaders to raise awareness of roles out there. This weekend, endurance athlete and coach Dougal Allan will be hanging up his running shoes and volunteering at Wanaka Parkrun helping the 100% volunteer team host their 5km timed run from Wanaka Station Park.

Next week, Olympic medallist Zoi Sadowski-Synnott is volunteering her time and skills with the local Pippins and Brownies where she will play games with the girls, share stories about countries she has competed in and take the girls through some physical exercises and games.

Volunteer with an organisation, event or help out a neighbour, friend or the environment. Join Volunteering Central this National Volunteer Week and keep the heart of your community beating.

Contact Volunteering Central for volunteering ideas ( or 027 506 5705) and
share your activities on Facebook @VolunteeringCentral.