Published on 28th November 2011
At just-turned-13, Izzy Christie, winner of our Project Friendship Best Young Volunteer competition, already has a long history of volunteering behind her.
Izzy, a Year 8 student at Orewa College, does a regular Saturday shift at a local op shop. She’s also helped plant trees at a local park, helped out at a nearby kindergarten and primary school, handed out drink bottles to competitors in a women’s duathlon and delivered newsletters with her guide unit.
During VSA Project Friendship Izzy, a keen guide, sold friendship bracelets door-to-door, and to her friends at school. She and the rest of the Puriri unit sold more than $600 worth of bracelets.
Izzy, who has won an IPod touch, reckons she gets her volunteering spirit from her mother – and guide leader – Tori.
“She sets a really good example to our family – we do lots of voluntary work together,” says Izzy. “I really like volunteering because I like helping the community, and giving something back.”
VSA fundraising manager Karla Paotonu, says she’s impressed by how much volunteering work Izzy does.
“It’s great to see someone who hasn’t even started high school yet doing so much for her community. We wish her all the best for her volunteer activities in the future.”
We also selected three runners-up, each of whom will receive a Whittaker’s chocolate pack.
Jessica Callaghan, Oamaru. Jessica, 18, is deputy head girl of Waitaki Girls’ High School. She is involved in a wide range of voluntary activities, including helping to organise Project Friendship. She also helped organise the school ball and she is treasurer of the school’s Young Farmers’ Club.
Amy Sandford, Wellington. Amy, 17, is a student at St Catherine’s College. She helps take the Sunday school programme at her church, and she also volunteers regularly at children’s camps held at El Rancho, in Waikanae.
Douglas Rauch, Coromandal. Douglas, 16, stepped in to help keep the local Scout group going after it was shut down. He is now one of the group’s two leaders. He helps lead the weekly meetings, and he has taken the 12 Scouts in the group on camps and to a recent Scout Jamboree.