Margaret Jenkins started volunteering for the Breast Cancer Research Trust in 2017 and has been an important part of making things happen at the BCRT ever since. Marg experienced the loss of a close friend to breast cancer and understands the large ripple effect one's loss can have on their family and their community.
“These women are daughters, mothers, grandmothers, wives, workmates and friends. Their loss is felt enormously by their entire community.”
Marg wanted to contribute to a cause that helps improve the lives of people living with breast cancer. She had built a connection with the people at the BCRT through her time at the Waikato Times, and connected with the BCRT team once she had retired to see if there was anything she could do to help.
“What the team at the Breast Cancer Research Trust do is progressive and inspiring. The passion to make a difference to breast cancer patients, their families and their futures is incredible and I wanted to know how I could help.”
Since 2017, Marg has been involved in pulling together many of the BCRT fundraising events. Supporting the Trust in fundraising events and efforts is a natural fit for Marg, who’s career skills working in funding, marketing and communications, as well as the enthusiasm she exudes, is invaluable. Her large network of connections as a Rotarian has enabled Marg to gather exciting auction items, spot prizes and raffle prizes for BCRT events throughout the years.
Marg says she has been very fortunate to live a very good and healthy life. She loves volunteering because it provides an opportunity to make a difference to the lives of others and meet new people from all walks of life.
“The world seems to be a brighter place when you’ve put something positive into it.The consequence of giving, is making someone else’s life a little better.”
Marg understands the importance of community and giving back to your community in ways that you can.
“Having a passion for the purpose makes it easy to give back. Everyone is capable of giving back to a community in some way.”
The BCRT is proud, and grateful to have Marg as part of the team, and appreciate all the hard work she does for the Trust. Marg is currently supporting the BCRT in the setup of the Trust’s new Op Shop. In addition to volunteering at the BCRT, Marg volunteers as a Waikato Sunrise Rotarian, weeding pots at the Native Nursery and some gardening for friends.