Volunteer Breakfasts honour our unsung heroes
Friday, June 23, 2017
Sport Bay of Plenty's Volunteer Breakfasts, as part of Volunteer Week, were a huge success, with hundreds of volunteers from Eastern, Central and Western Bay of Plenty honoured for their efforts to the sporting sector.
Across New Zealand, there are 750,000 volunteers, with 50 million hours put into sport annually. About 26 per cent of the Bay's population volunteers in sport in some way.
In Rotorua, 70 volunteers attended the breakfast, at which David Massey from Rotorua Group Challenge was the guest speaker. David was named Lotto New Zealand's Sportmaker for his work with RGC, in which he volunteers his time twice a week and on weekends to put 360 people through their paces in the name of health and fitness.
Over in Tauranga, some of the region's youngest up-and-coming athletes met with some of the Bay's oldest and longest serving volunteers (including Allen Robinson, who has dedicated 55 years to volunteering!)
Our three guest speakers were surfer Raiha Ensor, basketballer Shalom Broughton and water polo's Bae Fountain - all under 18 and all doing extremely well in their chosen codes, and they spoke at length about the impact volunteers have on their ability to follow their dreams.
Bae says, "Without volunteers I would not have been able to go to the places where I have been, or am going to go. Volunteers are everything to me. The managers, the coaches, they are all doing it voluntarily."
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