We caught up with Glen to find out what his volunteer role involves, why he enjoys volunteering for Rotorua Hospice and why his role is so important.
What does your volunteer role involve?
My volunteer role is giving encouragement and advice to the brave Harcourts Dancing for Hospice dancers. I’ve been involved with ballroom dancing from the age of 12, so have lots of experience and knowledge which I’m delighted I can use to help both the dancers and Hospice.
Why did you decide to get involved?
It was a no-brainer, really. I had the knowledge to assist and Hospice is a most worthy cause. Rotorua Hospice cared for my mother, their support was nothing short of amazing. A wonderful organisation with beautiful, caring staff and it has been a real pleasure to be able to help them out.
What do you enjoy about volunteering for Hospice?
It’s the people – it is truly he tangata, he tangata, he tangata, both staff and dancers. The people who take part are amazing people. It’s a huge commitment from them and their families. It’s truly a privilege to be involved each year.
We asked dance instructors Ellie Smith & Troy Smith what impact Glen’s role has.
Glen is a bit of a legend in the NZ ballroom dancing world, so it is a real coup for our dancers to get to learn from someone with so much knowledge and experience. We were in awe of all the time that Glen gave to this event, he was always there whenever we needed him, ready to lend a hand whipping our dancers into shape! He brought a wealth of expertise to every practice and also his wicked sense of humour, helping not only the dancers but everyone involved to get out of their heads a little bit and enjoy the amazing journey we were on together. We are so grateful and indebted to his generosity, knowledge, good humour and kindness.