North Taranaki's tireless volunteers took a load off their feet for a while yesterday when they were treated to a barbecue lunch at the New Plymouth Sportfishing and Underwater Club.
About 200 people turned out for the annual celebration hosted by the district council and Volunteering New Plymouth.
Coordinator Heather Dodunski said volunteers were a thriving community's most vital asset.
"If the volunteers didn't do what they did our community would simply stop," she said.
"There are hundreds of them doing this work everyday, and they do it willingly and from the heart.
"That's why we are so damn good in the New Plymouth district."
She said with a host of celebrity chefs, including Taranaki Daily News editor Roy Pilott, Taranaki police area commander Inspector Blair Telford and Hospice Taranaki chief executive Kevin Nielsen, the troops were well fed.
The guests were also treated to a musical performance by the Glee Club.
"What more do you want? Good food, entertainment, good weather. Fantastic."
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