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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.

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.

SVA Big Give on 4 March

On Saturday 4 March 2017, during UC Orientation Week, the Student Volunteer Army is heading to South New Brighton, Christchurch, to carry out a large-scale volunteering event called the SVA Big Give.

The SVA Big Give vision is to see 1,000 UC students, as well as community members and groups, event partners and sponsors, sports teams and politicians, including the Mayor of Christchurch.

The project location is Rocking Horse Road Spit in South New Brighton, a suburb that was badly hit by the earthquakes and which has dealt with other major blows in regards to insurance and sea level rise.

SVA Big Give volunteering will involve:

  • restoration of the dunes
  • repair of walking tracks on the spit and beach access-ways
  • weed control
  • removal of rubble from earthquake-damaged seawalls
  • the creation of a new picnic table area.

The event will be a great opportunity for students to get stuck in, meet new people and make a real difference in the community. SVA will also provide all volunteers with a free BBQ lunch at a central hub set up in the reserve, with entertainment from a number of kiwi musicians.

This is the first time the SVA Big Give’has been run and it will be the largest mobilisation of volunteers since the initial earthquakes – we hope you will join us to be part of SVA history!

If you’d like to come along, register on Facebook or download the SVA app from the app store.

Downloading the app:

  1. Search ‘SVA’ on the app store
  2. Download the free SVA app
  3. Login with the same details you used to sign up to SVA at clubs day or create a new account
  4. View our upcoming events and join the Big Give event
  5. At the event, show us your QR code to scan in to get your volunteer hours credited (your verified hours can appear on your Co-curricular Record and if you are in a hall it will contribute hours to help your hall win the interhall volunteer shield).

Big Give