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Volunteer Long Service Awards

Celebrating volunteer service of 5 up to 30 years

September 23, 2019

In May 2019, we celebrated Rotorua Hospice Volunteers who had been volunteering for over 5 years and up to 30 years plus. It was a lovely afternoon of friendship and fun with a High Tea at Princes Gate Hotel. Below is our Volunteers Hall of Fame.

5 years or more volunteering:
Agnes and Ben Bergs, Alison Wills, Barry Phillips, Carola Gohring, Danielle Maguire, Helen Ritchie, Hika Reid, Judy Keaney, Julian Brown, Karin Christie, Leanne Harmer, Liz Lapwood, Lyne Dawick, Margaret Robilliard, Mary Kay, Nabih Mansour, Neil Judson, Pare Aratema, Peter Edelsten, Raewyne Herbert, Raewynne Simms, Rod Cameron, Rosemary Rodda, Sandra Bodle, Susan Wenzler, Val Colver, Vera Davis, Wendy Anastasi, Wendy Sanderson and Yvonne Cartwright.

10 years or more volunteering:
Gillian Rushton, Joann Hohaia, Maria Oliver, Nigel Clark and Norma Millard.

20 years or more volunteering:

Desrae Murphy – started in 1997 and has volunteered in numerous roles from companion sitting, taking patients to visit their doctor; helping with fundraising, Street Appeals and the Remembrance Trees. Desrae is currently the Day Stay Coordinator and is in the Prayer Group.

Ynys Fraser – started in the original Prayer Group in 1984 when Rotorua Hospice opened. She had various volunteer roles from companion sitting, taking patients to visit their doctor and helped serve the lunchtime 3-course meals that were offered to patients at the cottage. Ynys currently lives in Auckland with family and will be 102 in August this year.

Barbara Hedgman – started volunteering in 1999 as a Receptionist in the old Hospice cottage, helped with the first garage sale in 2005, then moved to the Pururu St shop in 2006. Barbara has been in the shops ever since as our front of house queen on customer service.

Janet Gaunt – started volunteering in April 1998 as a Receptionist in the old Hospice cottage, helped with the first garage sale in 2005, then moved to the Pururu St shop in 2006. Janet has been in the shops ever since and decided to retire with the closure of Te Ngae Rd shop on 4 May 2019. At the Awards she was also presented with the Dilmah Teacup and saucer boxed set, becoming a foundation member of the Rotorua Hospice “Kowhai Teacup Club”.

Pat De Carteret – started volunteering in 1990 when she retired, joining the Prayer Group and she has been there ever since.  

Shirley Curtis – started volunteering in 1986 as a member of the Prayer Group. She also helped serve the lunchtime 3-course meals that were offered to patients at the Hospice cottage on the Rotorua Lakefront. Shirley currently lives at Cantabria Retirement Village.

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