I want to take the opportunity to thank all our volunteers and members who donate their time to the New Zealand National Fieldays Society through our events and activities. Today, 5 December, marks International Volunteering Awareness Day, a day for us to recognise the many hours, expertise and support that our volunteers and members give to our organisation.
The Society is lucky to have such a dedicated group of volunteers, some of whom have been with us for 50 years. This year’s International Volunteer Day theme ‘volunteers build resilient communities’ acknowledges the vital role of volunteers in preventing, preparing and responding to shocks and stresses that come with running events and businesses and also about building resilience.
Our events and our 50-year history has been built by resilient people, sharing ideas and finding solutions. We have learnt from each other’s knowledge and experience.
The support of our volunteers also allows the Society (the non-for-profit organisation that owns Fieldays) to give back to the community through charitable donations by supporting several worthy causes, both individuals and organisations.
You can learn about who the Society support through donations and scholarships on our website here.
International Volunteer Day on 5 December is a day to recognise and connect with the global volunteer movement of which we are all a part. An estimated 1 billion volunteers around the globe are freely giving their time to make a difference on the issues that affect them and their communities, often in the most difficult of circumstances.