Red Cross stories

Read our stories filled with humanity, resilience and the spirit of volunteering. They show how your support is helping vulnerable people in New Zealand and around the world.

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15 April 2024

Shortages of Meals on Wheels drivers in South Auckland means volunteers are doing multiple shifts a week

Four mornings a week, Mike and Maud Burke drive the short distance from their home in Papatoetoe to Middlemore Hospital to collect the meals for their Meals on Wheels run and then set off to deliver hot nutritious food to 18 people. The trip takes them one and a half hours a day.

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Mike and Maud Burke Meals on Wheels volunteers South Auckland 2 v2

19 March 2024

Variety the secret to a great meal

For a man in his 90th year, Ron Donnelly is committed to keeping active. He still has his driver’s licence, talks or texts his two children nearly every day and retains a sharp wit. And through Meals on Wheels, Ron gets something he deems just as important – “variety”. 

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stories mar 2024 variety the secret to a great meal

21 December 2023

Balclutha Branch recognised for over 80 years of service to the community

The entire Red Cross Balclutha Branch received a National Certificate of Appreciation in recognition of their 84 years of service. The award recognises people who’ve made a special and noteworthy contribution to Red Cross.

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A woman receiving an award

28 August 2023

Meals on Wheels volunteering runs through generations

Kay and Karan are among the 3,000 volunteers with New Zealand Red Cross who deliver hot meals to people unable to cook for themselves. Find out about their Meals on Wheels journey.

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Karan and Kay

23 May 2023

Getting help from the Meals on Wheels programme

We never know when we might find ourselves in an emergency, in the middle of a disaster, or in need of a friendly face and a human connection.

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Former MoW volunteer Susan Christchurch - 20230406

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