Wellington Regional Meeting and Heart awards

Do you know Bellyful now has ALL of Wellington covered with our branches in Porirua, Hutt Valley, Wellington North, Wellington South and Karori? Saturday 23 March 2019 was a fabulous opportunity for our Branch Coordinators and some key volunteers to come together to eat, learn, share, laugh and cry (Christchurch is still very raw isn’t it?).

As well as practical information shared by Charlotte and Wendy, we were all challenged to think a little more widely about the volunteers we recruit and the jobs we give them in an entertaining presentation by Aileen Davidson from Volunteering Wellington. (Aileen also teaches “clown workshops” and kindly offered us one for free so watch out at the next conference I say!)

It was fabulous to meet the gorgeously pregnant and extremely capable Gina, share lunch with our hard working trustees and then enjoy a thought provoking session with trustee Michelle looking at our Vision and Mission.

We ended the day celebrating our long serving volunteers with a number of Enduring Heart awards and some special Shining Heart awards and enjoyed meeting our guest Rachel Taylor from Simplicity Charitable Trust who presented Bellyful New Zealand with a cheque for $30 000.

Thanks to Wendy and Charlotte for their hard work, passion for Bellyful, their organisational skills and their genuine care for all of us.

Regional meetings will be held in Hamilton n Saturday 6th April and in Auckland Saturday 4th May 2019 – let your Branch Coordinator know if you are keen to attend.

Words by Jacqui Jago – Branch Coordinator Bellyful Karori
Photographs by Wendy Thompson – Bellyful NZ

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