It was a post today by fellow Kiwi blogger Nick which made me think about the subject again. He remarked that his elderly Mum and Step-father have been volunteers, delivering Meals on Wheels to senior citizens for several decades. Jennie and I are volunteer computer tutors for senior citizens in our area of the Coromandel Peninsula and sometimes, we struggle to run courses because it's so hard to get more than a couple of people together at a time. Must admit that it's been extremely frustrating and we recently tried to find out the reasons for the apparent apathy. The reasons were rather humbling actually! Despite an average age of maybe 70, virtually all these people belonged to several community support organisations of one sort or another and time certainly didn't weigh heavily on their hands with all their commitments! The old saying, "Give a job to a busy person to get it done" was never more true.
We've only lived permanently in Coromandel (pop.1500) for just over 3 years and it's taken a fair bit of that time to realise that the huge amount of voluntary work behind the scenes is what makes it such a special place to live.
Community BBQ at our place
Coromandel Community Xmas parade
Coming back to motorcycling and the sense of community among us, I wonder if that makes us more predisposed to voluntary work (even in the motorcycling field) as we get older and our lives become more settled? Food for thought maybe....