When big events like National Games come along, hundreds of people come together to volunteer and turn a plan turn into a fun, special event.
But other people volunteer at the national volunteers throughout the year. We have volunteers who donate their skills in photography, graphic design, journalism and who serve on our national board. National volunteers help us out throughout the year and all over the country and some - like Leigh Kohika - make it a way of life.
Leigh came to Special Olympics New Zealand on a six to eight week ACC work placement. She was looking for a short-term job that would help her get back into work. The perfect position would be in sport (she says she's a "sports freak") and, because of the injury she was recovering from, would be something that had flexibility in its timing.
Special Olympics New Zealand had just the job: entering sports results into the Games Management System. It's the kind of job that can be done as needed and as Leigh's recovery allowed. If she couldn't work on a particular day, that was okay; she could catch up the next week.
At the end of the ACC placement, Leigh, who is an outdoor netball coach and umpire, had fallen for Special Olympics New Zealand and decided to keep doing the job as a volunteer. On average, she works four to six hours each week. She works in the regional office in Palmerston North or from her home.
Leigh likes the atmosphere of Special Olympics New Zealand. "I like that we're helping athletes who may not have opportunities to achieve in other sports arenas," she says. "I also like working with people of all different cultures and disabilities."
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