Encouragement for the Journey
Greetings fellow traveller,
This week is volunteer awareness week. Did you know?
• More than 9,000 volunteer urban and rural fire fighters provide fire prevention and emergency response services to 80% of New Zealand’s geographical area.
• 2,200 volunteer St John ambulance officers contribute approximately 1.8 million hours – working with paid ambulance officers to treat 300,000 patients, travel over 13 million kilometres by ambulance and attend 250,000 emergency 111 calls on average every year.
• More than 20,000 NZ Red Cross volunteers make a huge difference here in New Zealand and overseas, through 123 branch groups and 5,422 branch members.
• Last year, more than 4,300 surf lifesaving volunteers gave up their free time to keep our beaches safe, performing over 105,388 preventative actions and clocking up a massive 194,486 patrol hours.
• The Royal NZ Coastguard reports that over the period from 1 December 2009 to 31 March 2010, Coastguard’s dedicated volunteers answered 101,609 radio calls responded to 1,509 calls for assistance and rescued 3,509 people.
• Land Search and Rescue has over 2,500 trained search and rescue volunteers, who are members of 54 Land Search & Rescue groups, organised into seven regions, covering the length and breadth of New Zealand; and two national specialist groups – LandSAR Search Dogs and LandSAR Caving
Also Young people are active as volunteers and according to the 2006 Census people aged 15–24 were involved in:
• Unpaid helping of children outside of the home 68,211
• Unpaid helping of people with a disability or sick outside of the home 25,092
• Other unpaid helping or voluntary 48,966
• The average young person (aged 12-24 yrs) does over 70 hours of unpaid work outside the home a year. With more than 700,000 young people in New Zealand that is more than 49 million hours a year. The average young person (12-24yrs) spends 30 hours a year on religious, cultural and civic participation.
“The current generation of young people is involved in many volunteer activities and shows concern about social issues like climate change, not unlike the generations before them. If their parents, caregivers, adult role models, support people and teachers have taught young people generosity and kindness then those values are likely to stay with them”
Sarah Helm Former Executive Officer, NZ Association for Adolescent Health & Development
When I read the above, my heart is strangely warmed and I am encouraged may it also encourage you.
Meanwhile Peace in our Acts of Random Kindness – Alf