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Dare to Volunteer 2017



This promotion gives anyone and everyone the opportunity to volunteer - doing anything. From walking the neighbour's dog, weeding a garden, to sorting donated goods, or reading to a companion, through to driving patients to treatments or teaching former refugees English.

Any and all of these activities would qualify if the end result is for the greater good, something given of yourself (time and effort) to someone else who may be in need.

All you need to do is undertake an hour of activity between 5 November 2017 (International Volunteer Managers Day) and 5 December 2017 (International Volunteer Day). Take a photo of you doing it, and post it and a brief description of your activity to our Facebook page.

Tag your photo with #volunteerdare2017 and then your district:#palmerstonnorth or#tararua#manawatu#horowhenua.

If the activity is for an organisation tag the organisation, too.

You can alternatively send your details to us and we will upload the photo for you. Email the following details to info@vrcmanawatu.org.nz: 

Your name

Phone number (not for publication)

Description of activity and

Appropriate hashtags.

Every hour you do (at a different activity) gives you a chance to enter.

Winners will be drawn randomly on 7 December 2017. There will be four overall winners (one from each district). They will receive a gift and have lunch with their local mayor.

There will be 16 runners-up (four from each district). They will also join their local mayor for lunch - along with the overall winner from their district.

Winners will be notified by Facebook, and if possible via email or phone. If no response is received within 48 hours the winner(s) will be redrawn.

Any inappropriate images will be removed and withdrawn from the competition. If other people are in the photos permission much be sought before posting. If the photos are taken in relation to an organisation permission of the organisation must be sought prior to posting. Any breach of this will result in the entry being withdrawn.

Photos may be used for other promotions by the Volunteer Resource Centre Manawatu and Districts (or its members as appropriate) at any time without further permission.

Anyone of any age may enter, as long as they reside within the boundaries of the Volunteer Resource Centre Manawatu and Districts, being the local territorial authority boundaries of Palmerston North city, Tararua, Horowhenua, Manawatu district councils. Parental oversight may be required for younger participants and if they win, joining them for the luncheon.





Elaine Gray article 2017




 We have a fortnightly column in the Manawatu Guardian.

Volunteering a family affair for Brooke October 19 page 9

Life outside the prison gate October 5 page 11

Greeting card microbusiness seeks helping hand September 21 page 2 

Plate screws stop thieves September 7 page 2 

Tub Toys bring smiles to refugee children September 24 page 2

Guides a help to students on campus September 10 page 2

Plenty of fun for kids at toy library July 27 page 6

Becomming a Big Sister July 13 page 9

Plant to Plate grows greener kids June 29 page 24

Volunteering a taste of a dream career June 15 page 21

Parents helping parents June 1 page 15

Rosalie's Haven May 18 page 18


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