Our Volunteer Hall of Fame
At the recent Make-A-Wish Volunteer Conference in April 2019 Make-A-Wish NZ recognised volunteers with the presentation of special awards for extraordinary service.
SPECIAL AWARDS FOR EXTRAORDINARY SERVICE
Brigit Bowron, Auckland
Award presented for completing 85 magical wishes and 12 years service to Make-A-Wish
The Earley Family, Manawatu
Award presented for 20 years of dedication to Make-A-Wish
The Earley family from the Manawatu have been part of the Make-A-Wish family for over twenty years. Carol-Anne and Michael’s son Christopher received a wish in 1998; sadly Christopher passed away the following year. Both Carol-Anne and Michael decided they wanted to be volunteers for Make-A-Wish and to this day they continue to be the heart and soul of our organisation. Two years ago their daughter Tash joined them as a volunteer. We are extremely grateful to the Earley family for their 20 years of dedication to Make-A-Wish.
Pat Roser, Bay of Plenty
Award presented in recognition of her Queen’s Service Medal and 10 years of service to Make-A-Wish
A more humble, kind, caring person you could not find than our lovely Pat from the Bay of Plenty. Pat became a volunteer for Make-A-Wish in 2008 and this year was recognised when she received the Queens’ Service Medal in this year’s New Year Honours! Not only is Pat a very busy lady with her own children and grandchildren, and has had her own health issues. However, that said, nothing is ever too much trouble when it comes to our wish children. Having gone through a liver transplant 25 years ago, Pat has a genuine understanding of the challenges our wish families face.
Wish Superhero Award
Batman brings smiles and happiness to so many little superhero fans and has been involved with Make-A-Wish since 2013. Nothing is ever a problem for this selfless man who has a young family himself and is undoubtedly a "superhero" in his local community in South Auckland. Batman drives in his "Batmobile“and "Batcycle" all over the countryside to be part of a wish and deliver personalized gifts that he has made for the child himself.
There is nothing unusual about Batman driving down to Tauranga, Rotorua, Tokoroa or the Waikato to visit a wish child. And it is the norm to hear any one of our staff members on the phone saying, "Hi Batman...Thanks so much Batman...Can you call Batman..." He is one in a million!