Last week – 18-24 June – was National Volunteer Week, and the backbone of NZCF really is its large volunteer force.
So we’d like to express our heartfelt appreciation to our hundreds of volunteers for the vital contribution that they make to the smooth running of our events, especially large festivals such as The Big Sing, and of course for the organizing, publicizing, outfitting, conducting and singing in all our member choirs.
Research says volunteering is good for you, your community, and for the social development of the country. It helps build the social fabric that keeps us connected and engaged in our world. There are benefits such as better health and the feel-good endorphins that volunteering releases, as well as extended longevity and reducing depression in many people. As poet and essayist Ralph Waldo Emerson observed: It is one of the beautiful compensations of life that no man can sincerely help another without helping himself.
So give yourselves a pat on the back, and if you know anyone else who might want to give of their talents and time, please encourage them to contact one of the regional committee members through our website www.nzcf.org.nz and click on ‘regions’.