Boucher in Cromwell to celebrate volunteering

August has been another busy month for Volunteering Central and the highlight was seeing local Cromwell woman Sharon Smid’s One Community Project come to fruition.

Sharon Smid, who combined both passions of volunteering and basketball arranged for New Zealand Breakers player and former Tall Black, Dillon Boucher to Cromwell to celebrate volunteering.

Dillon Matthew Boucher

The project was based on the NZ Breakers One Team philosophy – that as citizens of our community we can all make valuable contributions towards sustaining services and organisations that operate within our community. Taking place in early August, the day saw Dillon referee, coach and play with Cromwell’s budding basketball players. Dillon was then a guest speaker at the evening event which highlighted local organisations involving volunteers. In addition to presentations, the audience were treated to entertainment from local pianist Amelia Fox, Alexandra’s Hunter Hill and the fabulous Cromwell College Jump Jam who had all 150 + people on their feet joining in with their routine.


Volunteering Central was one of the group of individuals and organisations supporting Sharon achieve her goal of inspiring young people in Cromwell to volunteer. It was wonderful to see her plans come together and to see Dillon mixing with towns youth and inspiring them to get onto the basketball court as well as to consider volunteering. What a great community event and all because one woman had the idea and energy to make it happen – just imagine our communities if everyone was as proactive as Sharon and didn’t just let their ideas sit with them – but got up and made it happen.



Food for thought perhaps? Go on, make it happen!

Gillian White
(Volunteering Central Senior Coordinator)