Volunteer groups to showcase their activities
What started out as an idea for volunteer groups with an interest in heritage or history to showcase their activities has turned into a ‘Waihi Volunteers Event’ according to Roger Pearce, chairperson of Waihi Heritage Vision.
“When we first had the idea, we were intending to involve groups which had a particular interest in heritage, but the more groups we spoke with, the more obvious it became that there was a real interest from other volunteer
organisations and groups in Waihi.”
The ‘Volunteer Day’ will run from 2.00pm to 7.00pm on Wednesday 31 October in the Waihi Memorial Hall.
“So far we have nine groups which have indicated they will attend the ‘Volunteer Day’ and we have room for more.
All you have to do is be prepared to turn up with some information for a table or perhaps a display board and be prepared to talk with people. It will be low key and informal.”
Groups participating include: Habitat Enhancement and Landcare Partnership (HELP), Goldfields Railway, Victoria
Battery and Tramway Society, Waihi Museum & Arts Centre, St John, Grey Power, Waihi Community Forum, Waihi Lions and Waihi Heritage Vision.
By 31 October Waihi Memorial Hall will be themed for Armistice Day centennial commemorations, organised by Waihi Heritage Vision members. It is also the 60th anniversary of the building of the hall.
“Sixty years ago, the community came together to build the Memorial Hall. It has been used by the community since then for an incredibly wide range of activities.
Roger says that the ‘Volunteer Day’ event is an ideal opportunity for any volunteer groups to explain to the public what they do and for members of the community to get a better understanding of what is available, either for
assistance or to be part of.
“We have a lot of newly arrived residents in Waihi. That means lots of people who may not know what the town has to offer, but also lots of people with skills, time and knowledge that can be put to good use. This event is designed to put all of that together.”
Groups wishing to participate in the Volunteer Day event should contact: Simon Elson [email protected]