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International Volunteer Day

Ric Carlyon - Saturday, December 05, 2015

Today is International Volunteer Day (IV Day), a United Nations-led initiative, with the theme this year ‘Transforming Governance’. 

This emphasises the power volunteers have to change the world through leadership and to help achieve the UN’s ‘Sustainable Development Goals’ which rely heavily on the engagement, commitment and hard work of volunteers.

Active and trained Justices of the Peace can claim their contribution to New Zealand’s record, boasting the highest rate of volunteering in the OECD. Kiwis spend an average of 13 minutes a day volunteering compared to the global average of 4 minutes a day. (Better Life Index, 2015)

"On this day we celebrate the power of volunteerism.  Volunteering fosters creativity, draws strength from our passions
 and connects us to those who need us most." 
-Secretary-General, UN, Ban Ki-moon

Volunteers are essential to achieve services to the community and our Association. 

Today, especially, is the day to reflect on this…. 
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