Jamie Rhodes – Featured Volunteer
Juggling shift work, family life and numerous volunteer activities is all part and parcel for Whakatāne Kiwi Trust volunteer Jamie Rhodes.
Jamie has volunteered for the Whakatāne Kiwi Trust since 2008, track cutting and monitoring trap lines. After doing volunteer work with the Manawahe Kokako Trust, Jamie was happy to make the move to help out a bit closer to home.
“The Whakatāne Kiwi Project is a really good initiative to be involved in and it provides an opportunity to spend some quality family time together in the bush,” he said.
Jamie, and wife Tracy, has two daughters - Emmerson and Jordyn - who often help out on the trap lines. Averaging three hours a week, the Whakatāne Kiwi Trust volunteer work is a big commitment in itself - but it’s just one part of Jamie’s community involvement. He also volunteers for the Whakatāne Emergency Response team, the Rural Fire Force and the Urban Land Search and Rescue team. He placed second in the Open Mens division of the Firefighter Sky Tower Challenge 2013, which involved donning his firefighters kit and racing up 51 floors to raise money for the charity Leukaemia & Blood Cancer New Zealand.
“The fitness aspect is huge and running around the trap lines every week has definitely helped,” said Jamie.
He has every intention to continue his work as a volunteer, despite the weather sometimes not playing nice.
“The odd rogue hedgehog can make trap-clearing slightly unpleasant, but overall, it’s awesome to get out in the bush, especially when it’s so close to home,” enthused Jamie.
A big thank you goes out to Jamie Rhodes, who endeavours to underplay the hard work he does. The Whakatāne community is a better place as a result of his dedication and ongoing contributions.
If you're interested in donating your time and skills to the Whakatāne Kiwi Trust, please contact us.