Celebrating our Civil Defence Volunteers

This week is National Volunteer Week, where we celebrate and show our appreciation towards our volunteers. In Waimakariri we also acknowledge our volunteers annually with a thank you dinner normally held in January at which we acknowledge their huge effort.

A lot of people don’t know that all of our Civil Defence teams are staffed by volunteers, this means they give up their spare (and not so spare) time to go out and help people during times of emergency.

That is just a small part of what they do, there is also countless hours of training, public education, and attending community events.  They all have day jobs as well as family at home, so life can be pretty busy.

We'd like to acknowledge the continued support that our teams: the District Welfare Team, our five Sector Post Teams, NZRT12 Response Team and our future responders from our CDEM Cadet Unit provide to our local community, as well as volunteers all over NZ.

This is why we want to say a huge thank you to all of our volunteers at Waimakariri Civil Defence. You are all amazing people with a massive heart, and a simple thank you could never be enough.

Mayor Dan Gordon says volunteers in Waimakariri fill an essential role.

“A huge thank you to all the amazing volunteers across the many organisations in our Waimakariri District. As a community we couldn’t function without the time that you so freely give."

"We are fortunate that we have so many dedicated volunteers. Thank you also to the families who are understanding and allow us to share some of their time – it makes a huge difference to our community and we are in debt to them for their generous service.”