helping hands - june 19

Helping hands - June 19
Helping hands - June 19
Helping hands - June 19
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Volunteers feature - Helping Hands - June 19


  • | Mahurangimatters 19 June 201318

    Members of Warkworth Lions dedicate considerable time and effort to projects that improve and beautify our region. For example:

    Members fundraised and built the childrens playground on the Mahurangi Riverbank. Contributed to the Warkworth Wharf project. Are involved in the construction of a walkway from Kowhai View to the cement works. Helped prepare the Warkworth Birthing Centre for painting. Provide long-term support for Camp Bentzon on Kawau Island. Organise the annual Take a Kid Fishing initiative. Sponsor the Young Speechmaker contestant from Mahurangi College.

    Members also fundraise and support numerous other worthy causes such as the Heart Foundation and Parkinsons NZ.

    But its not all work and no play there are regular social activities and a monthly dinner meeting with entertaining guest speakers.


    Where would we be without the Lions?



    If you are interested in volunteering, leading projects, networking and having fun,

    then contact:

    David Little 425 8143Rob Ewenson 425 7281



    Helping handsFEATURE

    Edna Wreaks has spent nearly 30 years volunteering at the Matakana Op Shop and says: You cant beat the satisfaction of adding the money up at the end of the week.The 78-year-old is one of 20 local women who work for free, sorting and selling.The Op Shop offers a mix of bargains and rare items. It is owned by the Warkworth Anglican parish and gives around $24,000 to local groups every year.Mrs Wreaks says she was living on a Matakana sheep and beef farm and her children were getting older when she decided to join the Womens Guild. Someone said: Why not start an Op Shop?, so we did.The store is located in the old Matakana post office on Matakana Valley Road. Members of the public donated all sorts of things, Mrs Wreaks says. Clothes, tools, ornaments you name it, we had it. We only had one room, so clothes had to be taken home, washed and sorted.Mrs Wreaks says it has always been agreed that money made in the Op Shop is distributed to local charities as much as possible.This year funding has gone to local fire brigades, Warkworth Wellsford Hospice, Kawau Search and Rescue, Westpac Rescue Helicopter, Police Blue Light, and many others.

    Stephen Leslie mows lawns most days of the week but if hes pushing a lawnmower on a Wednesday, someone had better buy it. Stephen volunteers at Hospices weekly garage sale and is passionate about raising funds. No-one wants to need hospice services but if you do and there isnt enough money, were there to fundraise, Stephen says. He started volunteering for Warkworth Wellsford Hospice last year to help with the heavy lifting involved in collecting and delivering furniture that people donate to, or buy from, Hospices Wednesday garage sales. Having worked himself into a financial position where he could afford to take time off to volunteer, he rearranged his lawn-mowing run so he could be at Hospice House every Wednesday. His sister-in-law was being treated for breast cancer at the time and the family was hoping for a cure. Miffys death in September was a devastating blow, but the tragedy further strengthened Stephens commitment to Hospice. After seeing the relief and comfort that Hospice was able to give my brothers wife, my feet are now cemented in the Hospice environment, he says.His involvement has rubbed off on others, too. His lawnmowing clients often give him donations for Hospice and one of his friends will be joining the garage sale team after he changes his feeding-out days on the farm.

    Almost three decades of helping others

    Passionate about fundraising

    Stephen Leslie (right) is a passionate fundraiser for Hospice. He is with fellow volunteer Andrew Schedewy loading up the Hospice van during the weekly garage sale.

    In addition to the satisfaction of helping Hospice maintain all its services free of charge, Stephen loves the camaraderie of the Hospice team. It sometimes reminds me of that old TV programme, Are You Being Served? he says. Its comical, serious, dedication and good honest people.

    Edna Wreaks

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    Helping handsNumerous groups in Mahurangi would not be able to exist without volunteers. y Warkworth RSA needs volunteers to drive members to and from Auckland for medical appointments, and to help with its information service, which explains things like pensions and veteran benefits. RSA manager Robbie Blair says the RSAs Womens section is a great fundraising vehicle for community projects and if women are interested in visiting the elderly or going on social trips, they should contact support officer Joss Myers on 425 5191.

    y Warkworth St John Ambulance needs volunteers to help cover events and help staff the ambulance at night with a paramedic. During annual St John Week from June 24 to 28 the station will be selling raffle tickets in Warkworth all week. Therell also be a collection stand outside New World supermarket. The station is having an open day on June 29 from 10am to midday.

    y Coastguard Kawau relies on the generosity of the local community to train as crew and for the maintenance of its vessel based at Sandspit. Although most of our volunteer time is spent on the water or with the boat-related activities,

    Plenty of volunteering opportunities in Mahurangi

    we also do a few land-based profile-building projects throughout the year to remind people we are here and we are local, president Roger Davies says.

    y Warkworth Wellsford Hospice has volunteers that support sick people and give caregivers a break. People are also required to work in the hospices two shops. The garage sale team sort items every Tuesday for the garage sale on Wednesday morning. Tuesday

    mornings are also when the rag-cutting team get together. They cut up unwanted clothing and sell it to local businesses. During the week, teams pick up donations and do deliveries, clean equipment and answer the phone. Others work around special events, organising rosters, selling tickets and serving food.

    y Wellsford Citizens Advice Bureau has 22 volunteers, who offer advice on topics such as education,

    employment, business, finance, health and housing. Volunteers take part in an extensive training programme the next one starts on July 7 and takes four days.

    y Warkworth Rotarians volunteer their time to help with global projects such as the eradication of polio. At the local level they work on projects such as replacing a roof on a hospital in Vanuatu and helping raise funds for Hospice. The group also helps charities such as Adults in Motion and the local Scouts. Warkworth Rotary is always looking for like-minded people in the community who would like to contribute, vice president Nick Hadley says. You dont even have to be a member in the traditional sense just turn up to specific projects when you can help.

    y Warkworth Lions membership officer David Little says volunteers help complete many projects that would otherwise not be possible due to a scarcity of funds. Recent projects include support for Springboard at Snells Beach, the local Scouts and of course the ongoing construction of the walkway to the Cement Works. The Lions are planning a working weekend at Camp Bentzon and a Young Ambassadors contest.

    Coastguard Kawau volunteers are responsible for maintaining a vessel at Sandspit.

    50 Years of Service to the CommunityPeople like you and me achieving extraordinary things

    To learn more call the PR team Peter Johns 0274 807 451 or Joy Paxton 422-2290

    The Rotary Club of Warkworth & District Inc is proud to have provided

    ROTARY FIGHTS TO ERADICATE POLIOThe Beginning of The EndIt was 1979 when Rotary first made efforts to eradicate Polio on a widespread scale. Providing humanitarian grant funding and hands-on support from everyday Club members, the community service organisation committed to a five-year effort in partnership with the government of the Philippines to immunise about six million children against polio. Buoyed by the success of this initiative, several years later Rotary International would begin an initiative with the aim of eradicating polio worldwide.When Rotary International launched PolioPlus in 1985, more than 125 countries were still polio endemic, and at least a thousand children were paralysed every day said United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon at a worldwide Rotary Convention in 2009. In 1985 there were over 350,000 cases of polio worldwide and the prognosis for many sufferers was a term of illness plagued by muscle weakness, breathing difficulties, fatigue, pain or even paralysis.

    Since then, Rotary has been responsible for the immunisation of over 2 billion children worldwide. With Rotarys work providing the catalyst for the establishment of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) in 1988, Rotarys work alongside UNICEF, the World Health Organisation (WHO) and partners like the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has led a campaign providing a total of more than 10 billion doses of the Oral Polio Vaccine (OPV) worldwide. As a consequence of these efforts, annual diagnosed cases of polio have declined by over 99.9%, with just 291 cases recorded in 2012 and only three countries remaining polio endemic - Afghanistan, Nigeria and Pakistan. These are staggering numbers, especially when contemplating the alternate prospect for many lives confinement to crutches, leg braces, wheelchairs and negative pressure respirators (iron lungs), all of which have been hallmarks of different kinds of severe polio infection.