Giving the gift of time

Many volunteer organisations have now signed up to be part of VolFest, including Riding for the Disabled.

VolFest presented by the Wright Family Foundation is shaping up to be a smorgasbord of volunteering opportunities in Tauranga.

VolFest will take place on Saturday, April 4, from 10am-3pm at The Historic Village. This new event is aimed at celebrating volunteering and giving back to the community.

The village green will be packed with organisations that have signed up to showcase who they are and what they do and the festival gives locals the chance to ‘browse’ volunteering opportunities that are available in Tauranga in one central location.

Ron Scott, chairman of event organiser Volunteering Bay of Plenty, says they want to bring to life the vast scope of volunteering opportunities available in Tauranga in a fun, festival atmosphere.  

“There will be live music, entertainment, spot prizes, food trucks and loads of activities for both kids and adults,” says Ron.  

“The great thing about volunteering is that it’s a way to get involved with a cause that you are passionate about and find interests outside of your areas of expertise.

“Just because you’re an accountant doesn’t mean you have to volunteer as treasurer; you might be a creative at heart and be able to contribute that way on a volunteer basis.

“The opportunities are endless and VolFest brings together these opportunities in a way that takes away any perceived barriers – at the festival you can sign up immediately to volunteer with an organisation that resonates with you or take away some ideas to think about.”

To find out more about VolFest, visit: or follow event updates at:

The Weekend Sun will be profiling some of the region’s volunteering superstars over the next few weeks.

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