Getting ready for Plunket appeal week

02:12, Feb 26 2014
wendy patrick
LONG-TIME VOLUNTEER: Next week is Plunket's annual Bear Hug Appeal and they are seeking more volunteers. Wendy Patrick, pictured with Wilbur Talbot, 3, has been volunteering for Plunket for 29 years.

Wendy Patrick's days volunteering for Plunket have far surpassed her children's baby years.

She first joined Geraldine Plunket 29 years ago when her eldest daughter was seven months old and has stayed with the organisation ever since.

During her time with Plunket she has taken up many roles including president, secretary and looking after the books. In the mid 1990s she started helping with the car seat scheme which she continues to do today.

She said the reason she has stayed so long is because she loves being involved, meeting people and helping new mums whether it be with car seats or at-home care after caesarean sections.

"As long as I can still help out and enjoy it, I'll carry on," said Mrs Patrick.

Next week is Plunket's annual Bear Hug Appeal and they need more South Canterbury street collectors.


The collection day in Timaru is on Friday, March 7 and Plunket's national president Tristine Clark is asking people to consider donating an hour of their time to help raise funds for their community.

Mrs Clark said all the money that is collected in the area stays in the area and goes towards local Plunket services such as parent support groups playgroups, car seat services, parenting education programmes, toy libraries and much more.

If you're interested in volunteering, contact Plunket Area Appeal co-ordinator Megan Wilson via email

You can also give Plunket a "hug" by visiting the website or your local BNZ to donate.

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