Awards for those who donate their time

Charitable Cantabrians have been celebrated at the Volunteering Canterbury Volunteer Recognition Awards.

Volunteers from 23 charitable organisations were presented with awards at the St Mark's Community Centre in Avonhead yesterday.

The awards marked Volunteer Awareness Week, which began on Sunday.

"It's very nice to be appreciated," said recipient Brenda Segar, 71, of Parklands.

Segar and four other volunteers from St Luke's Church in Kilmore St were working with a group of about 20 people with mental disabilities when the February 2011 earthquake hit.

Most of the church collapsed during the quake and the five women, all in their 70s, made sure that everyone remained calm and helped organise a safe evacuation.

"I had just come out of the kitchen where we had been preparing for afternoon tea," Segar said. "The wall was coming down and my car and another volunteer's car was underneath it. I immediately knew I no longer had a car.

"Most of our members were very calm. One or two were upset and they showed it, but they generally did very well."

Other awards went to members of the Rebuild Christchurch Foundation, whose members undertook quake-related tasks and fundraising, and put together 78 Christmas hampers for Christchurch families who could not afford to celebrate because of quake-related problems.

Also receiving an award were Maurice Joy and his dog Roxie, who visit Princess Margaret Hospital patients as part of the Hospital Helping Hands scheme.

Award recipients

* Ahmed Tani, Canterbury Refugee Council.

* Amber Johnson, Familial Trust.

* Anne Franks, Hearing Association.

* Apinchalit Clark, Thai Buddhist Temple.

* Betty Chapman, Wainoni-Avonside Community Service Trust.

* Chanbora Ke, Canterbury Cambodian (Khmer) Association.

* Elsie Sanders, Holy Trinity Avonside Anglican Church.

* First Steps to Literacy volunteers, Hagley Adult Literacy Centre.

* Hydrotherapy volunteers, Arthritis New Zealand.

* Leo Frost, St John of God, Halswell.

* Long-serving walking guides, Christchurch Personal Guiding Service.

* Mark Hawley, Christchurch City Mission.

* Maureen Snelling, Alzheimer's Canterbury.

* Maurice Joy and Roxie, Hospital Helping Hands.

* Ola Kamel, Egyptian Association of Canterbury.

* Pat Isle, Bishopdale Community Trust.

* Phil Humphreys, Parafed Canterbury.

* Quake volunteers, St Luke's Centre.

* Rebuild Christchurch Foundation members.

* Safecare volunteers, Sexual Abuse Survivors' Trust.

* Sultana Islam, Shakti Ethnic Women's Support Group.

* Terry Downey, Christchurch City Council graffiti programme.

* Veronica Martin, Catholic Social Services.

The Press