Thanks to our volunteers

Gisborne's vollies celebrated.

Gisborne's vollies celebrated.

CUTTING LUNCHES FOR CHARITY: Gizzy School Lunches organiser Huia White with her sandwich-making volunteers, one of the many organisations in town that relies on volunteers. Picture by Rebecca Grunwell

MAYOR Meng Foon is not surprised by the Superu finding on Gisborne’s generosity.

“I know per capita that we are the most generous givers of time and money," he said.

Mr Foon said he admired Gisborne’s strong voluntary sector.

“They do amazing work and I think there needs to be more financial support for operations in the voluntary sector, not just funding for wages.

“So I express my gratitude to all those who work as volunteers. Your care and love is appreciated.

“I also express my gratitude to all those who provide funding to voluntary organisations,’’ Mr Foon said.

He said the report confirmed that poorer areas were more generous and were the places where people were more likely to help each other.

• Hauora Tairawhiti chief executive Jim Green said he joins the Mayor in highlighting the work of the district’s volunteer sector.

“That is something to accentuate, as it is such a part of the fabric of life here that people may not see it as remarkable," he said.

"I would like to add my thanks to that of Meng because we have some very special people who give their time freely to help people receiving care at Hauora Tairawhiti.

“For example, there is Friends of the Hospital at the front door, Friends of the Emergency Department, the meals on wheels drivers, the people who knit items for babies in the neonatal unit, the people who donate money. The list goes on and on and I would not want to miss anyone out.

"Fundamentally, people do this out of a love for their fellow citizens and compassion for helping others in need. As an organisation, we are indebted to them and we all are as a community."

Mr Green said the voluntary work component of the Superu report was the newsworthy aspect rather that the "perceived negatives".

It was more important to concentrate on what was being done to change those factors.

Mr Green said said the recent Herald article about reduced hospital admissions for children was a good example.

MAYOR Meng Foon is not surprised by the Superu finding on Gisborne’s generosity.

“I know per capita that we are the most generous givers of time and money," he said.

Mr Foon said he admired Gisborne’s strong voluntary sector.

“They do amazing work and I think there needs to be more financial support for operations in the voluntary sector, not just funding for wages.

“So I express my gratitude to all those who work as volunteers. Your care and love is appreciated.

“I also express my gratitude to all those who provide funding to voluntary organisations,’’ Mr Foon said.

He said the report confirmed that poorer areas were more generous and were the places where people were more likely to help each other.

• Hauora Tairawhiti chief executive Jim Green said he joins the Mayor in highlighting the work of the district’s volunteer sector.

“That is something to accentuate, as it is such a part of the fabric of life here that people may not see it as remarkable," he said.

"I would like to add my thanks to that of Meng because we have some very special people who give their time freely to help people receiving care at Hauora Tairawhiti.

“For example, there is Friends of the Hospital at the front door, Friends of the Emergency Department, the meals on wheels drivers, the people who knit items for babies in the neonatal unit, the people who donate money. The list goes on and on and I would not want to miss anyone out.

"Fundamentally, people do this out of a love for their fellow citizens and compassion for helping others in need. As an organisation, we are indebted to them and we all are as a community."

Mr Green said the voluntary work component of the Superu report was the newsworthy aspect rather that the "perceived negatives".

It was more important to concentrate on what was being done to change those factors.

Mr Green said said the recent Herald article about reduced hospital admissions for children was a good example.

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