During National Volunteer Week, 17-23 June 2018, we talk to some of our volunteers about their motivations and why they want to make a positive difference in someone else’ life.

Murray Gordon, sighted guide, Christchurch.

Murray Gordon is a volunteer in Christchurch.

Murray volunteers as a sighted guide. Each week, he goes for a walk with one of our clients getting out into the community and visiting the local shops.

“I enjoy bringing some pleasure and happiness to clients’ lives, especially those who are socially isolated.”

It is his 12th year volunteering with the Blind Foundation, and when he isn’t helping us out, he also sings hymns at the local rest home.

Alison Cox, fundraising and guide dog volunteer, Porirua.

Alison wears many hats as a volunteer.

Over the past 13 years she has been a guide dog boarder, an area coordinator for street appeals, and a collection box volunteer where she banks the money donated in our charity boxes that are placed at cafes, shops and other businesses.

Since 2009, she has coordinated every single street appeal in her region.

She says she loves it and has formed some great friendships with collectors who have become a part of her network.

“I love what I do because I can see the difference we make.”

Sukhy Mander, recreation volunteer, Auckland.

Sukhy Mander, recreation volunteer, Auckland.

Sukhy is a new recreation volunteer and a qualified Ashtanga yoga teacher.

“I have always wanted to find a way to get involved with a meaningful charity. I’m a person with a big heart who wants to help in any way I can.”

She is keen to inspire yoga beginners to give it a go. Sukhy is a big believer in always pushing herself to give her best and wants to use the same philosophy when it comes to volunteering.

Learn more about volunteering here.