International Volunteer Day
Coastguard New Zealand is recognising its volunteers today as International Volunteer Day (IVD) is celebrated around the world.
Held each year on December 5, IVD was designated by the United Nations back in 1985 to give recognition to and celebrate the immeasurable contribution volunteers make to communities throughout the world.
The theme for 2017 is "Volunteers Act First. Here. Everywhere." The theme is recognition of volunteer efforts around the world, as well as a tribute to the support volunteers provide in times of instability, disasters or humanitarian crises.
“With summer now officially here, IVD is a timely occasion to thank our 2,052 volunteers for their unwavering commitment to their communities,” says Coastguard New Zealand CEO, Patrick Holmes.
“Many people don’t realise that every Coastguard crew member on our boats and every unit support person back on land is a volunteer who gives thousands of hours of their time to saving lives at sea.”
Behind each Coastguard volunteer are supportive partners, families, friends and employers, “We’d also like thank and acknowledge these people this International Volunteer Day for the role they play in keeping our communities safe,” says Holmes.
Last year Coastguard’s 2052 volunteers dedicated 309, 367 hours to saving lives, received 281,757 radio calls, carried out 2,702 rescues and brought 6,797 people home safely.