Luke and I had a brilliant day volunteering on Wednesday 7th March with the Friends of Matakohe in preparation for their open day celebrating the release of the 150th young Kiwi from the island to the mainland. The powhiri will include local Kaumatua, Whangarei Mayor and Councillors and an MP, so we spent the day mowing the lawn and grubbing thistles around the ruins (partly due to the Army practicing demolition in 1979) of the old Cement Works which closed in 1918. Forecast for stormy weather didn’t happen which was just the icing on the cake! Thanks to SAECOWilson for the opportunity to contribute to our local community in a positive way.
Matthew Shea at the IHC Community Shop in Stoke February 2018 which is run by volunteers. They were fantastic and fun; and just loved to be in a position to help. The IHC Charity Shop sell recycled items including cloths, furniture, toys, jewellery, music, DVD’s and homeware items. I was their “muscle” for the day (hopefully I didn’t let them down). After meeting the team I went with Bruce to Tapawera to pick up a large cabinet. On my journey I got to know Bruce and his background, he gave me some very sound advice about “tom foolery” in the workplace and where to draw the line. On our return Bruce finished up and I spent some time with Karlin in the store. Karlin was a real character who had recently represented at the Special Olympics playing golf. Karlin also had some advice for me, I was pushing for some golf tips but the conversation quickly turned around to Ladies. Unfortunately I am not as smooth as Karlin and will just keep my head down. After lunch I did some cleaning (don’t tell my wife), lugged a few larger and heavy items for customers to their vechile’s, put up a window display and arranged the DVD’s and CD into order. The DVD’s were a breeze but the CD’s not so as they were predominantly pre 80’s music, I really needed Marks extensive music knowledge!
Mark Forster, Kris Machaado, Cameron Caesar and Matt Hutchinson February 2018 Our day was spent at Duder Regional Park helping the Park ranger. A lot of digging/sledging was done, and whilst doing that we also made some holes in the ground to relocate some walking track posts and install a couple of park benches along with re-cutting a length of public track. We all thoroughly enjoyed our community day and learnt a lot about the role volunteers play in keeping these parks safe and enjoyable for all.
Rokhia Saleem - South Auckland Hospice August 2017 I got an opportunity to go and help the Hospice shop at Takanini on the 23rd of August.I really appreciate Willie, the Manager, Laura and Dawn at the Hospice Shop for a great job they do each day. They made me feel so welcome in the shop.Along with the BNZ Staff, who were there, I had to help them in the makeover of the shop by clearing the things and painting the walls, which turned out to be really good.I enjoyed helping them out and was glad that I did something worthwhile.I thank Chris Shepherd, the Head of Volunteer Services at Totara Hospice for giving me that opportunity.
Nicola Collins - SPCA Op Shop Volunteer On Monday 14th August I volunteered at one of my Local SPAC Op Shops in Auckland. These op shops raise vital funds for Auckland's animals. I helped sorted a variety of items for sale, helped clean and tidy up displays and even helped set up a display, which surprisingly was harder than I had thought. I was happy to have been able to help the store out and grateful for the opportunity to get out in my local community, thanks SAECOWilson.
Renee Taylor - Sir Peter Blake Trust MERC BBQ I took the opportunity through the SAECOWilson Community Day program to help the Sir Peter Blake Trust MERC with fundraising. MERC stands for Marine Education and Recreation Centre and was started to give outdoor education experiences to children that would not otherwise get to experience those types of activities (eg. Sailing, kayaking, snorkeling and archery). They are a not-for-profit organisation and require various forms or fundraising to continue, I was happy to be able to help them out in a very small way.
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