Surf's up for young hospice volunteer

4 January 2023

Cam Davey, 17, loves surfing and going to the gym - he also volunteers for Harbour Hospice.

When the surf’s up you’ll find Cam Davey at the beach, hitting the waves. “I love it, I’m a pretty intermediate level surfer, but I just really enjoy it,” says Cam, who is deputy head boy at Mahurangi College. Cam started surfing when was nine and has a few favourite beaches he likes to head to when the waves are good. When he’s not surfing, you’ll find him at the gym where he works out five days a week, and he also has a thriving little enterprise, doing landscaping and gardening jobs for neighbours. His days are busy.

But when an ad came up in his school newsletter asking for volunteers to help at Harbour Hospice Cam jumped at the chance. “It’s good to help out, and it doesn’t take up that much of your time,” he says.

Cam volunteers at Harbour Hospice’s Warkworth site once a fortnight washing hospice staff cars. “They just leave their keys at reception and I’ll clean their cars for them, inside and out. I quite enjoy washing cars, and obviously the hospice team does a lot of hard work for the community so it’s good to give back,” he says.

“There’s quite a payoff with volunteering,” he adds. “You’re benefitting others, it doesn’t take up that much time, it makes you feel good about yourself. I think it’s worth doing.”

Keen to become a hospice volunteer like Cam? There are loads of different volunteering roles you can try, from helping in the kitchen at our North Shore, Hibiscus Coast or Warkworth sites to volunteering in one of our retail shops, to admin, helping with fundraising and much, much more. Give us a call or email us and we can help find the perfect role for you – or phone 021 527 912.