Volunteer fair aiming to outline opportunities

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Wide range of roles . . . Red Cross volunteer team leader and trainer Leisa de Klerk is ready to welcome local people to the inaugural Red Cross Volunteer Fair. PHOTO: BRENDA HARWOOD

In a bid to expand its volunteer base, Red Cross will host its inaugural volunteer fair this week.

Organised by Red Cross volunteer team leader and trainer Leisa de Klerk, Monday’s early evening event aims to introduce people to the wide range of volunteering opportunities at the organisation.

“There are volunteering roles to suit people of different ages, lifestyles and interests – our organisation has a constant need for volunteers,” she said.

“What we need is people who have the heart to give.”

Roles included refugee support volunteers, disaster welfare support volunteers, transporting people in the community to hospital appointments, open-road driver mentors and “the homework club” – one-on-one tutoring with former refugee high school pupils.

Interest in volunteering with former refugees had been high since the programme began several years ago, 80% of the volunteers coming through word of mouth, Ms de Klerk said.

“I think that really speaks to the success of the programme.”

Monday’s volunteer fair will include Red Cross staff, who will be on hand to discuss the requirements for volunteer roles with interested people.

The event will also include representatives of the Malcam Trust, who are looking to recruit volunteers for the Crooked Spoke programme, which repairs and distributes bicycles to the community.

People who come along to the Volunteer Fair will receive gift bags and have a chance to win prizes.

The Red Cross Volunteer Fair will be held on Monday, September 17, from 5.30pm to 7.30pm at the Red Cross Service Centre at 31 York Pl.

Inquiries: phone Leisa de Klerk on 466-3214, or email leisa.deklerk@redcross.org.nz