To mark the five-year anniversary of the Canterbury earthquakes, the Student Volunteer Army (SVA) in partnership with UC launched an initiative called Serve For NZ. Serve for NZ is a national campaign to mobilise people of all ages to do 1+ hour of neighbourly activities on or around days of national significance.
This year, the focus is on Anzac Day. In partnership with the RSA the SVA is mobilising volunteers around the country in celebration of the RSA’s 100th anniversary. This is a great opportunity for students, staff and the community to connect with one another.
You can do any kind of activity such as:
- Befriending a new neighbour
- Set a rat-trap in your yard to help make NZ predator free
- Sorting through your things and donating some to charity
- Spend time searching for and becoming a longer term volunteer.
Opportunity for UC staff – plant forest giants
A planting opportunity on Saturday 23 April is a chance to create a legacy of forest giants.
SVA is inviting staff to a planting extravaganza. There are 2000 native trees, tōtara, kahikatea and mātai, ready to be planted at Woodend to restore a portion of Canterbury’s beautiful land.
All tools including gardening gloves will be provided. All you need to bring is sturdy shoes, comfortable clothes and a bottle of water. Snacks will be provided during the morning, and there will be a barbeque at 12.30pm after all the hard work is done.
SVA is providing transport – so if you need a ride meet at The Foundry car park at 8.15am. Alternatively you are welcome to meet at Woodend Beach Holiday Park at 9.00am.
You are welcome to bring your kids or the whole family- the more the merrier.
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