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Volunteer Spotlight - Karen

Every Wednesday for the last three years Karen has volunteered at our Christchurch House,
typically found with a vacuum cleaner in hand and a smile on her face.

After a car accident left her with a brain injury, Karen took the opportunity to find a way to give back to the community she felt had given so much to her. Since she started volunteering, her awareness of the charity has increased hugely.

“I want to make people more aware of how much Ronald McDonald House has to offer the community.”
Karen is always putting up her hand to offer help, with the most recent venture finding her participating in the ASB Christchurch marathon to raise funds for the House. “I love being involved, the way the team and volunteers pull together is amazing. I’ve seen the impact it has on the families.”

While this regular volunteer remains modest about her involvement at the House, the team all agree she is a very important part of the day-to-day happenings here.  There is one thing that she will not remain quiet over, her encouraging words to anyone else thinking of volunteering.

“You are helping genuinely real people and if nothing else it makes you feel good.” Karen sums
up Ronald McDonald House South Island in one word, inspirational. Funnily enough, that’s the
word we find ourselves using when describing her – she adds a spark to our Wednesdays and
we are so lucky to have her.

We have volunteering opportunities in both Christchurch and Invercargill.
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