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Volunteers to hang up boots in Edgecumbe

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 20/04/2017

From 2pm on Friday, authorities in the Bay of Plenty town will now stop accepting online registrations from those keen to volunteer their time to help. © Getty Images From 2pm on Friday, authorities in the Bay of Plenty town will now stop accepting online registrations from those keen to volunteer their time to help. Almost 1200 volunteers have been rolling their sleeves up in Edgecumbe over the past week to help residents clean flood-damaged homes, but the work is nearly done.

From 2pm on Friday, authorities in the Bay of Plenty town will now stop accepting online registrations from those keen to volunteer their time to help.

"Although there is still a lot of work to be done in Edgecumbe the bulk of the work the volunteer army can help with is now winding up," volunteer coordinator Pim de Monchy said.

He said the number of volunteers coming from as far afield as Germany and the Czech Republic who had pitched in to help hundreds of homeowners since April 10 was "truly mind blowing".

"Already more than 5500 hours have been contributed. It can be quite physical [work] so we are immensely grateful for their energy," he said.

Mr de Monchy said Edgecumbe residents were still able to contact authorities and request help from volunteers if they wished.

There will also be no volunteer organised clean-ups this weekend so co-ordinators can have a break and help their own families, he said.

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