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Volunteer Awareness Week 2009 - Volunteer Wellington happenings

Sunday 14 June until Saturday 20 June

Volunteering by youth will be highlighted during Volunteer Awareness Week 2009. The week, from Sunday 14 June until Saturday 20 June, is a great opportunity to promote and celebrate volunteering and the wide range of volunteering roles available within the community. It also encourages first-timers to give volunteering a go.

Volunteer Wellington is organising several events through our three offices to which you, our members, are invited. In brief:

  • Volunteer Porirua in partnership with Community Development Unit Porirua City Council is holding a forum entitled WORKING WELL WITH YOUTH VOLUNTEERS. When: 9-30 am - 12 midday, Friday 19 June 2009. Where: Te Rauparaha Arena Meeting Room, 17 Parumoana Street, Porirua. Speakers are Awhina Buchanan, Teresa Ross, Fa'amatuainu Wayne Poutoa, Jessica Smith. They will present bright ideas about working effectively with young volunteers. Morning tea provided.
  • Volunteer Hutt is organising a forum in partnership with Community Development Hutt City Council called GETTING YOUR MESSAGE ACROSS, selling your story in the media for free. Facilitated by media consultant Allie Webber, participants will be introduced to working with the media in your area and getting your messages across effectively. When: 10 am - 12.30 pm Wednesday 17 June Where: St John's Hall, 47 Collingwood St (off Trafalgar St) Waterloo, Lower Hutt. Morning tea provided.
  • Volunteer Wellington in partnership with Nikau Foundation is celebrating the finale of the 2009 Corporate Challenge. When: 5-50 pm until 7-30 pm Thursday 18 June. Where: The Exchange in KPMG's Wellington premises, Level 9, 10 Customhouse Quay, Wellington. Speakers include The Hon Tariana Turia, Minister for the Community and Voluntary Sector; Rebecca Gray, researcher Health Sponsorship Council and challenge participant; Brent Taylor, operations manager, Ronald McDonald House and challenge recipient. Refreshments. Photographs of the community challenges will be on display.

The DominionPost is running a supplement page in association with Volunteer Wellington on Tuesday 16 June. Stories about volunteering and community promotional notices will fill the page.

Flyers for the three events are attached with more details including rsvp for catering purposes. Also check out

Anyone who would like posters and balloons promoting Volunteer Awareness Week, ring Volunteering New Zealand on 384 3636 or email

Julie Thomson
Manager Member Services
Volunteer Wellington
04 499 4570

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