The efforts of Kiwi volunteers will be recognised during a special ‘Big Shout Out’ next month to mark the Coronation of King Charles, Minister for the Community and Voluntary Sector, Priyanca Radhakrishnan has announced today.
“New Zealand’s events reflect the Coronation themes of commitment to sustainability, the environment, and to the efforts of volunteers,” Ms Radhakrishnan said.
“We already have a major programme of native tree planting underway, and next up New Zealand will mark the volunteering theme during National Volunteer Week (18 – 24 June).”
She said the Government will support Volunteering New Zealand to celebrate at volunteer centres throughout the week. Kiwis will also be encouraged to ‘shout out’ their local volunteers, either in person or via social media.
“We all know people who generously give their time, energy and expertise to causes they believe in. The Big Shout Out will be about recognising and thanking those volunteers doing what may sometimes seem like thankless tasks.”
“The reality is that they’re the backbone of our society. For example, 90% of our community organisations are entirely volunteer run.
“We know that around 50% of Kiwis volunteer in some way, shape or form. Their efforts can range from being first responders in emergencies, working to conserve the environment, or to support individuals and families who are struggling.
“The severe weather events at the beginning of this year saw the best of volunteering at the front line. National Volunteer Week 2023 will be a time we can reflect on these efforts and the role they play to strengthen our communities.
“The Big Shout Out is an excellent opportunity to show how much we value our volunteers.
“I hope everyone will play a part in giving volunteers a right royal shout out this year,” Minister Radhakrishnan said.