Sophie McInnes receiving her award from Ainslee Jacobsen, Multiples NZ President

Appreciation for volunteers

by Ann van Engelen

Multiples NZ is an organisation, which supports parents that have multiple births such as twins and triplets and Selwyn resident Sophie McInnes was recently presented the Volunteer of the Year Award and Stacey Oldham the Emerging Volunteer of the Year.

“Sophie is a volunteer extraordinaire and a key member of the Multiples Canterbury committee. One of the key things Sophie has been responsible for is our new website and emails. She has also run playgroup, helped with events, funding grants and more,” says organiser Caroline Lister.

“Nothing is ever a problem, and she can be relied upon to do a job without any issues. Sophie is always looking to support people and provide helpful, sensible advice as well as a laugh.

The development of a website is a whole job in itself, but she has done so much more than that and deserves the recognition of this award — she is truly the ‘Volunteer of the Year’ to us.”

Multiples Canterbury became an important part of Sophie’s life when she had her twins.

“It was definitely my village when my twins were younger for support, advice and socialising with other mums. Volunteering evolved when someone stepped down from running the local playgroup. I stepped in, and things snowballed from there. I encourage others to join us. If you join in the first year, you get a free box of diapers, and learn how to handle more than one baby at a time and gain other practical advice.

“We will have our Multiples Canterbury Fundraiser Market at the Riccarton Racecourse with toys, books, baby gear and more for sale on Sunday, November 17 from 9am to 2pm. It is a great place to come along and meet us if you are interested in joining.”