Hazel – 35 and counting

Volunteering veteran Hazel Robertson has been doing her bit to help those impacted by cancer for 35 years.

Robertson was one of the early members of the Te Awamutu Transport to Treatment driving group.

Having lost her husband to cancer when she was 40, Robertson knew first-hand the importance of support with transport.

It was also her motivation to join the volunteer driving pool, supporting people to get to and from treatment a 30-minute drive away at Waikato Hospital.

“It’s the most heartwarming thing and the most help you can give to people,” says Robertson. “They arrive at their appointment and are not stressed as we’ve helped them get there relaxed and not worried about the driving or finding parking.”

It’s far more than just the practical support, there is an emotional need the drivers can fill too, she says.

Robertson, who has had some recent health issues and now takes an administrative role helping with driver rostering, finds volunteer work rewarding.

She has also volunteered in the past as a Daffodil Day area coordinator helping make the annual street appeal a success in Te Awamutu.

Cancer Society Volunteer Support Lead, Sharon Louie says the society couldn’t deliver its client-focused services without the input of  dedicated volunteers like Hazel.

“She is an exceptional example of someone who genuinely cares for the vulnerable people of her community.

Hazel Robertson was one of the early members of the Cancer Society’s transport to treatment group.

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