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National Volunteer Week: Queen's birthday weekend working bee - Deep Cove

Jun 23, 2022 / 2 minutes read
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Every year Deep Cove Hostel holds a series of working bees with the aim of improving facilities and assisting with the upkeep.

This year, Shanell Jarvie, Kaye McNeill - Deep Cove Trust Trustee and I (along with our partners and about 30 others) spent Queens Birthday Weekend getting stuck into any odd jobs that needed to be tended to.

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From helping with the gardening and varying building jobs to cleaning the reliever’s hut and cooking; there was a job for everyone. It was fantastic to see people of all ages from around Southland and Otago, working together to support and be of service to such a worthwhile organisation.

Of course, it wasn’t all work and no play. During our downtime we were free to check out some of the natural waterfalls, take a walk through the varying bush walks, attempt to master the act of Kiwi calling and walk to see the glow worms. Deep Cove features some truly breath-taking scenery that should be experienced by everyone.

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Special thanks to Kaye, Bob, Mike and Billy for filling us in on the history of Deep Cove. It’s fair to say we learnt a lot and it was a great weekend had by all. As a first-timer to the area, spending the long weekend working among nature at Deep Cove exceeded my expectations and I will certainly visit again.

Volunteering and helping out in our local communities and non-profit charities is so meaningful. It is a positive way of contributing to society by giving up your time and assisting with whatever skills one may have. I found it so rewarding and a great way to meet new people and push myself out of my comfort zone.

Steph

Steph Duffy

Reception, Marketing Assistant