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Will you Serve for New Zealand?

Give an hour of your time to the local community on or before ANZAC Day through the Serve for New Zealand campaign. The campaign helps to further share the ideas of the RSA and Student Volunteer Army (SVA).

ServeForNZ_Logo_2017-01-1Serve for New Zealand was created as a gift to the RSA to commemorate their 100th birthday and as a way for Kiwis to celebrate the legacy of service. Serve for New Zealand: Anzac Day was run as a pilot project in 2016 and the inaugural event saw over 6,600 hours pledged.

Serve for New Zealand: Anzac Day is designed to encourage Kiwis to offer an hour of their time in their local communities on a day of national significance. Serve for New Zealand: Anzac Day 2017 aims to be even bigger and better, to create the greatest volunteering impact we can across the country.

Help create the greatest movement possible
You may be working on a current project you’ve organised, or why not create a new project and pledge to Serve for New Zealand Anzac Day. Think about what groups need help in your community – the local school, childcare centre, Plunket, the local park, etc. and go from there.

Encourage your volunteers to show they’ve supported you AND Serve for New Zealand, by pledging their time on the website.

If organising a project sounds too hard,  simply go to the website and pledge an hour of your time to an already listed project – it’s that easy.

Serve4NZfacebook-coverTo learn more visit the website: or email hello@servefor.nz and like the Facebook page.

Serve for New Zealand: Anzac Day 2017 is a partnership between The UC Student Volunteer Army (SVA), the Royal New Zealand Returned and Services’ Association Inc. (RSA) and the University of Canterbury (UC) and is kindly supported by SEEK Volunteer.

Spotlight on internships

Tia Stanley, third year Bachelor of Health Sciences student, discusses her internship organising the Connect 2017 community engagement event in conjunction with the Christchurch City Council and the Riccarton Police.

I had the privilege of helping to organise Connect 2017 which was held at Harrington Park on Sunday 5 March from 12:30 to 3:30pm. Connect 2017 was a community event that aimed to connect new university students and long standing permanent residents and families living in the West-Riccarton community. The idea of it was to have a fun day out with lots of games and activities to encourage people to meet and introduce themselves to their neighbours and ideally reduce crime rates in the area and encourage people to be more proactive about taking care of the environment. The hope is that it will encourage community residents to take pride in their community, and keep it tidy and vandalism free as well as aiming to reduce overall crime rates within the area.

Connect photo

Organising Connect 2017 was part of an internship for one of my Health Education papers as part of my Health Sciences degree. I put in approximately 85 hours of work in order to make this event happen. I was offered this opportunity in November 2016 so it has been months of planning and organising everything to ensure that the event would run smoothly and be appealing to the wide target audience.

Ultimately, I have loved having this opportunity to be a part of such an awesome experience. From what I saw on the day, people of many different ages were out there getting involved, and having fun. The university students who participated in the flat vs. flat competition were grateful with the prizes they walked away with and I overheard a few of them saying that they hoped it would be on again next year. It was really awesome to see members of the community helping out wherever they could and talking to the uni students. The whole day had a great vibe to it and it was very rewarding to see everyone having a good time and enjoying themselves.

Students turn out in force for Big Give

On Saturday 4th March, the Student Volunteer Army started the year off with a bang, carrying out our biggest event since the initial quakes – the SVA Big Give. Around 750 students, UC staff, community members and politicians, including the Mayor of Christchurch Lianne Dalziel, all got stuck in for a day of volunteering at the coastal spit reserve in Southshore.

We gave the reserve a big tidy up – spreading mulch over 1.5km of walking track, cleaning up the surrounding coastline, removing invasive weed species and building a new picnic table area which will serve as a monument marking the work of the SVA. After the volunteering wrapped up we had a chance to relax in the sun enjoying the music of Mako Road and a free bbq lunch.

SVA volunteers working at Southshore spit reserve.

The SVA would like to sincerely thank all those who made the event possible, especially our amazing volunteers for their hard work on the day! The success of the Big Give 2017, has ensured the event will be a staple of the University O’Week calendar for years to come!

SVA volunteers working at Southshore spit reserve.