Student Volunteer Week 2020: name

Student Volunteer Week 2020:

Collective Impact: Give. Grow. Connect

Student Volunteer Week has been celebrated remotely this year, from 30th march to the 5th of April, to acknowledge the impact that student volunteers make through volunteering.

Totara Hospice has many student volunteers in various roles, from Youth Ambassadors supporting Fundraising efforts, supporting the kitchen and Inpatient Unit and a number supporting the six Hospice Shops.

“Collective Impact: Give.Grow.Connect” is the theme of #SVW2020. Student volunteers give a hand and add real value to the community. Together they make a substantial impact on Aotearoa New Zealand. By giving to a community or cause, student volunteers grow and flourish. They gain knowledge and create change within their communities.

Thank you to all the students who choose to make an impact in their local community to support those living with a life limiting illness.

To find out more about volunteering in the future, click here and register your interest.

Senior Youth Ambassador, Ellen (pictured above), shared her message this week:

My name is Ellen and I have been volunteering for Totara Hospice for almost 10 years now. I love to help out with the fundraising events, like speaking at the Long Lunch and serving at the Ladies’ Lunch. While keeping safe in my bubble I have turned to baking as a stress release. My favourite recipe so far is the one that my grandmother taught me to make: ‘Judy’s Tim Tam slice’.


Tim Tam Slice Recipe:


  • 6oz (170g) Butter
  • 3oz (3/8 cup) White Sugar
  • 8oz (1 ¾ Cup) Plain Flour
  • 1 tsp Vanilla
  • ½ tin Condensed Milk
  • 1 tbsp Golden Syrup
  • ½ Cup Small Chocolate Chips


  1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees.
  2. Using an electric mixer, mix together 4oz (115g) soft butter with white sugar and vanilla.
  3. Add flour and mix with spoon until combined and like crumbs.
  4. Press ¾ of the mixture into a baking tin to make the base.
  5. For the filling in a separate bowl melt the remaining 2oz (55g) of butter, then mix in condensed milk and golden syrup.
  6. Poor the filling over the base.
  7. Sprinkle over chocolate chips and remaining ¼ of base.
  8. Bake in the oven for 30min