For me, the past four years as Patron for Victim Support have been inspiring and fulfilling. It is an organisation that is full of heart – from the staff to the amazing volunteers – they are really quite extraordinary people.
Now, more than ever we need to reflect on the values of quieter times, when communities cared for and administered to their own. This is what Victim Support does country-wide every day and every night of the year. As it goes about its work it also serves as a role model for us all: to listen to and care for those who are suffering through no fault of their own.
I watch the organisation as it goes from strength to strength, growth that is not measured in financial profits, but rather in humane achievement. New Zealand is a better place and our physical and mental health improved by the work of Victim Support. Its work gives so many thousands of people the strength to face the future and to resume their lives and relationships in a more positive spirit.
Being there for people who feel lost and helpless deserves the highest praise. I sing that praise out loud. I am proud to be Patron of such a service.