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During his long diplomatic career, Wellington-based Red Cross volunteer, Peter Cox, saw first-hand how Red Cross staff, aid workers and volunteers in New Zealand and throughout the world saved lives and alleviated suffering.
“I’ve witnessed the diversity of humanitarian aid and other assistance that Red Cross offers communities in New Zealand and world-wide and that’s why I chose to volunteer for Red Cross rather than any number of other worthy organisations.”
These days Peter helps recruit and co-ordinate fellow volunteers for the Red Cross annual appeal, which runs from 9 to 15 March 2015, and the Wellington branch red rose day appeal, both of which are important parts of the vital fundraising efforts which enable Red Cross to carry out its work.
“The work is rewarding, enjoyable and only takes a small amount of my time. I’d encourage others to think about giving some of their time to Red Cross as a volunteer. Your skills are needed in all parts of the organisation.”
Law student and volunteer Emily Watson says her commitment to New Zealand Red Cross was strengthened when she represented our organisation at the second conference on the Humanitarian Impact of Nuclear Weapons in Nayarit, Mexico in February last year.
“I love being part of an organisation that does so much good in our communities. Whether its distributing winter warmer packs in post-quake Christchurch, or teaching individuals life-saving first aid skills, Red Cross is always there to lend a helping hand to Kiwis in need.
"Volunteers are the life blood of New Zealand Red Cross and as a volunteer, you feel really respected and supported. You meet lots of cool people, you get involved in rewarding initiatives and most of all, you get a real buzz from knowing that you helped make a positive difference in Aotearoa New Zealand. “
We have an urgent need for volunteer collectors during Red Cross annual appeal which runs from 9 to 15 March, and there are plenty of other volunteer roles available.