June 22 2012
Volunteering is more like a party than work for one group of Southland ladies. This year they even convinced their children that it would be a fun experience. Lucy Fisher, Jane Fisher, Trish Chapman, Maddy Familton and Emily Mulvey volunteer every year for the Heart Foundation at the Surf to City event.
They man a drinks stand for the event and thoroughly enjoy the experience.
This week is volunteering awareness week and the four women thoroughly recommend lending a helping hand.
‘We have a bit of fun with the participants and each other. It is very social and we’re happy to be able to help such a worthy charity.’ Says Trish Chapmann
“I know how common heart disease is and what an effect it can have on families so I’m only too happy to help.”
Trish's dad had his first heart attack at 40 and then two more in the following month. This was at a time when he had 5 small children.
The four women are available to help for a variety of events and promotions but don’t find it a big commitment and think their contribution is valued.
They were originally approached by their mutual friend Nicola Mason, Heart Health Advocate for the Southland branch, but they now have other family members involved in volunteering for the Heart Foundation.
Trish Chapman’s husband ‘Rex’ provides an added incentive for the ladies when they are on duty. He brings along a ‘heart healthy’ date scones for their morning tea.
As a charity the Heart Foundation relies on volunteers to help achieve their mission of beating heart disease.
Some choose to volunteer at one off events such as the Surf to City event and others come in for a few hours every week to provide important administration support.
Whatever your skills and availability, The Heart Foundation are sure to have a volunteer opportunity that will suit you.