The rain and flooding that affected Canterbury in the past few weeks left many communities in need of a hand to clean up. With shovels in hand and a trailer full of wheelbarrows, the UC Student Volunteer Army (SVA) teamed up with the Christchurch Tramping Club to lend a hand in a disaster response once again. Four projects were taken on across the Canterbury region covering Geraldine, Glentunnel, Darfield, and Dunsandel.
A group of around 45 volunteers assembled at Haere-Roa carpark for an early morning briefing at 7am before splitting off into groups and travelling out to the locations in the UC and Hyundai vans. Vans were filled with care packages and baking to give to the affected communities, kindly organised by local charity New Zealand Gifts of Love and Strength.
The volunteering involved cleaning fences, moving furniture, and shoveling gravel with most of the projects involving over 6 hours of hard work. Thankfully, all vans made it back by 5.30pm and volunteers were invited to the SVA headquarters for a feed to say thank you for their work. It was amazing to meet some incredible people – both the communities we helped, and the volunteers from the tramping club. So many life stories to be told while we worked away.
Watch the UC SVA channels for more chances to help out and get involved in volunteering!