Celebrating Our Volunteers
In recognition of National Volunteer Week (June 16-22, 2019), Child Cancer Foundation would like to say a huge thank you to our appeal, Connect and support office volunteers who support and raise funds for the foundation. They join the ranks of over a million other Kiwi volunteers who give so generously of their time and energy to support charities and organisations across New Zealand.
As Child Cancer Foundation doesn’t receive any government funding, our volunteers play an integral role in raising the $6million we need each year to support Kiwi kids with cancer and their families. Simply put, we couldn’t do it without you.
Check out some of our volunteer stories below:
Earlier this year we had over 600 volunteers who took to the streets of New Zealand. They helped raise over $200,000 for our annual street appeal. Thank you to everyone for making the appeal such a success.
Our Connect Group volunteers form the backbone of our 20 Connect groups nationwide. Many of these volunteers have had a brush with childhood cancer in some shape or form. This unique lived experience enables them to connect child cancer families with other families through shared experiences.They arrange regular, meaningful social events which allow families to connect, build friendships and resilience. A huge thank you to each of you. It is only with your support that we are able to offer this important service to our families.
Congratulations to Thu-Lena who won the Hawkes Bay Individual Volunteer of the Year award! Thu-Lena is the Connect Group Lead in Hawkes Bay. She is part of a small but dedicated group of parents and supporters who regularly organise great events for families in the area. Thu-Lena is an inspiration to the group and our wider Connect Group network.
It was overwhelming to win the Individual Volunteer Award and I I feel so passionately about the work that the Child Cancer Foundation does and winning this award has inspired me to work harder to better fulfill this role.
Congratulations to Jeanne Komatas who was awarded a Distinguished Services to Child Cancer Foundation Award for 10 years of dedicated volunteering at the national support office. Jeanne volunteers every Tuesday. She is pictured here with her husband on the left and Robyn Kiddle, Chief Executive, Child Cancer Foundation.