National Volunteer Week 2024

We celebrated our wonderful volunteers during National Volunteer Week, 16-22 June 2024.
From lending a helping hand to providing heartfelt support, our volunteers are pillars of strength and compassion. They selflessly dedicate their time and talents, spreading hope and making a difference in the lives of those affected by cancer.
Our volunteers come from all walks of life and volunteer for different reasons, but what unites them is their passion and commitment to helping the Cancer Society reduce the impact and incidence of cancer in New Zealand.
We wouldn’t be able to support, inform and empower those affected by cancer without weaving volunteers into our team effort. 
We want to express our deepest gratitude to each and every volunteer who has contributed their skills, kindness, and love. Your generosity knows no bounds, and we are immensely grateful for your continued support.
Here are some of our valued volunteers who have made an immeasurable impact on our community (we also shared their stories on our Facebook page during NVW.

Let’s celebrate the amazing volunteers at Richmond Rotary!
Hi, We’re Richmond Rotary and during National Volunteer Week, we want to highlight why we love volunteering with the Cancer Society:
Our Commitment:
Our club has been volunteering with the Cancer Society for at least 5 years, but our collaboration spans over a decade.
Why We Volunteer:
We wholeheartedly believe in the cause. Many of our members and their families have been touched by cancer. The Cancer Society is a well-respected, well-run organisation that has always supported our fundraising efforts.
Our Roles:
We’ve participated in Daffodil Day collections, picked daffodils, and taken part in Relay For Life.
What We Enjoy:
Supporting such a reputable cause is immensely rewarding. The Cancer Society’s positive attitude, community connections, and efficient organisation make volunteering a pleasure.
Our club has cherished our positive relationship with the Cancer Society over the years, and we look forward to strengthening this bond in the future.
Ngā mihi nui Rotary Club of Richmond! Thank you all for everything you do!

Let’s celebrate the amazing volunteers at Crafty Tarts in Motueka!
Hi, we’re the Crafty Tarts, and this year we’ve come together as a group to support our local community. One of our chosen causes is the Cancer Society Nelson Tasman. Earlier this year, we participated as a vibrant Crafty Tart team at Relay For Life, raising much-needed funds and enjoying the camaraderie as well. We’ve loved crafting a collection of breast pillows, drainage bags, and all-purpose carry bags for those affected by cancer, donating them to the Cancer Society in Motueka, who then distribute them to those in need. We are now also putting our creative efforts towards Daffodil Day on Friday August 30th.
Ngā mihi nui Crafty Tarts. We think you ladies are awesome and thank you all for everything you do!

Let’s celebrate our amazing volunteer and ray of sunshine… Lily
Hi, I’m Lily Nichols. I’ve been volunteering for the Cancer Society Nelson Tasman for 2 years now. I started because I wanted to join my Mum, who has always been a great inspiration to me. Together, we wanted to help our community and support those affected by cancer.
Over the past two years, I’ve been involved volunteering with the Cancer Society on Daffodil Day and the Historical Homes event. Each experience has been rewarding and has allowed me to meet so many wonderful people.
What I enjoy most about my work with the Cancer Society is dressing up and making people smile. Bringing a bit of joy and positivity to someone’s day, especially when they might be going through a tough time, makes volunteering very special to me.
Ngā mihi nui Lily. Thank you all for all you do!

Let’s celebrate our amazing volunteer Ian
Hi, I’m Ian MacLennan. I’ve been volunteering for the Cancer Society since 2006.
I chose to volunteer because a friend asked me to take up the Treasurer role as he wanted to step back from it. My late wife had recently had cancer, and we had benefited from the Cancer Society’s support and hospitality at Davidson House in Christchurch during her chemo treatments. It felt right to lend a hand so others could also benefit from this support.
I took a break for a few years and was approached again to help when the current Treasurer was returning to his home country.
I’ve been involved in various roles, including being on the Centre Executive Team as Treasurer and assisting with numerous fundraising events.
What I enjoy most about my work with the Cancer Society is the enthusiasm and spirit of the team and seeing the Centre’s ability to thrive and grow its support for people in our region affected by cancer.
Ngā mihi nui Ian. Thank you all for all you do for us! We could not achieve all we do without your care and wisdom.

Whatever your skills, time or expertise you can make a difference. Cancer Society Nelson Tasman, with offices in Nelson and Motueka, needs the help of volunteers to deliver the many services on offer.

To register your interest in becoming a volunteer visit here or for more information, contact Victoria Sharp our Volunteer Coordinator, phone (03) 539 1137 or 027 236 7583 or email