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It’s National Volunteer week and we are incredibly fortunate to have an extraordinary family of more than 450 volunteers, who generously choose to gift their time and talents to help our hospitals every week.  Huge aroha and thanks to them all!  This week we’d love to introduce a few of them.

London born, but an adopted Kiwi for the last 12 years, Richard is one of our new volunteer Hospital Guides.  He clocks up many miles each week walking around the Wellington Hospital campus helping patients and their families navigate the confusing maze of buildings and multi-coloured lifts, so that they can get to their appointments on time.

A stay-at-home Dad for the last ten years to two gorgeous kids, Richard was previously a Vice President in the technology group of a major American Bank for 23 years, but tells us he enjoys his volunteering work so much more!  “Giving back to the community is also a big part of the reason why I volunteer. I love being part of the Wellington Hospitals Foundation team knowing that I can help make visiting the hospital a more pleasant experience for everyone that comes here.”  And Richard does, with an every ready smile and an easy going manner, he quickly put’s people at ease and has become a key part of our wonderful guiding team of about 30 volunteers.  It’s great to have you on board Richard.

He aha te mea nui o te Ao?  He tangata, he tangata, he tangata. What is the most important thing in the world?  It is the people, it is the people, it is the people.  Interested in volunteering with us?  See here for more details.