Work of Cancer Society helpers saluted
Whether it is driving patients to appointments or sewing turbans, Cancer Society Canterbury volunteers have done it all - and are now being recognised for their efforts.
The Cancer Society's Canterbury-West Coast division of volunteers, including 80 in South Canterbury, have been named health volunteers of the year in the Minister of Health Volunteer Awards.
Cancer Society South Canterbury manager Gabrielle Hall was proud of the award and recognition the volunteers received, adding it was well deserved.
"This award is great recognition of the work they do all around the region.
"For us locally, we have Cancer Support volunteers in Twizel, Tekapo, Fairlie, Geraldine, Temuka, Timaru and Waimate plus our Daffodil Day and Relay for Life volunteers, in total approximately 200," she said.
"A lot of what they do is not that visible but they work tirelessly for people with cancer to lessen the impact of the disease.
"They do things like drive people to appointments and start of treatment that could be in Timaru, Christchurch or Dunedin. They sew turbans for women who lose their hair to cancer and help in the office with administration.
"They co-ordinate Daffodil Day fundraising in all the towns of our region, assist with fundraising activities and act as hostesses and caterers when we have functions.
"They maintain the Cancer Society grounds and garden, help with ongoing building maintenance, and Relay for Life is volunteer-driven and supported."
The rural groups' fundraising and awareness programmes also help the Cancer Society to deliver on its mission of reducing the incidence and impact of cancer in the community, a disease that affects one in three New Zealanders.
The Timaru Herald