Child charity award
Twenty-three years of volunteering and fundraising to help better childrens' lives has earned a Waikanae woman a long service medal from Save the Children New Zealand.
Margaret Hayward will be presented with her medal at Save the Children's headquarters in Wellington today.
She is one of seven volunteers officially recognised by the organisation which runs leadership and advocacy programmes for young people in New Zealand and supports education programmes in the Pacific and Asia.
Save the Children NZ chief executive Liz Gibbs said volunteers are at the heart of the organisation.
"In emergencies, when children are the most vulnerable of those affected, we respond with life- saving funds so that teams on the ground can save lives. We couldn't do all this without volunteers like Margaret."
Mrs Hayward has now spent 20 years as convenor of the Kapiti group of Save the Children's Wellington branch, of which she is also an executive committee member.
She credits her colleagues for her being recognised with the long service medal.
"Without them we couldn't achieve the goals we set. It really is a team effort."
Mrs Hayward said the Kapiti group raises between $12,000 and $15,000 each year for Save the Children, proceeds from about five fundraising events, as well as money raised locally in the nationwide lottery.
The fundraising events include garden parties, fashion parades, luncheons, bridge and mah-jong competitions and golf tournaments.
The next event will be the Christmas Affair, a demonstration of gift wrapping and making gift baskets.
There will also be goods for sale from the Waikanae Save the Children shop.
The Christmas Affair will be at 2pm on November 23 at the Senior Citizens Hall in Bluegum Rd, Waikanae. Tickets cost $15 and can be ordered by phoning 298 8110.