Art & Entertainment | Book Reviews | Education | Entertainment Video | Health | Lifestyle | Sport | Sport Video | Search

 

Change the world - one hour at a time

WEDNESDAY, MAY 15, 2019

The University of Auckland has launched an ambitious campaign to engage its alumni, staff, students and friends in the biggest volunteering drive in its 136 year history.

During Volunteer Impact Week, June 16 to 22, members of the University community all over the world will come together for the shared purpose of giving back.

The University maintains a network of around 200,000 graduates globally, who are being called on to pledge one hour of their time to a cause of their choice. Staff and students are also taking part.

University Alumni Relations Manager Joel Terwilliger says Volunteer Impact Week is a global celebration of volunteering which utilises the talent, skills and altruistic nature of the University of Auckland community.

“It’s about igniting and mobilising our community to collectively contribute to issues important to Aotearoa New Zealand and the world. Imagine the difference we could make if our entire community volunteered to make a positive difference for just one hour.”

The University’s Alumni Office has coordinated a number of projects and opportunities which volunteers can sign-up to online. Some examples are:

• Restoring a wetland at Te Henga (Bethells) in West Auckland.
• Donating books to establish village libraries in Tonga.
• Placing a trap in your backyard to help New Zealand become predator-free, and provide useful data on pests.
• Volunteering your dog for research into how animals think at the Clever Canine Lab. The Lab is also looking for people to help run experiments.
• A call for male teaching graduates to share their career stories, particularly if they are teaching in primary or early childhood settings.
• A beach micro-plastic sample collection at Little Shoal Bay in Auckland.
A number of international events are also taking place, including:
• A soup kitchen in New York.
• An art and craft session at a hospital in Beijing for children in a leukaemia ward.
• A beach clean-up in the Philippines.
• A software coding workshop for kids in Madagascar run by Onja, a charity set up by an alumnus.
University of Auckland alumni, friends, staff and students are encouraged to join a volunteering opportunity at alumni.auckland.ac.nz/VIW.

ends



© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

 

Tuia - Encounters 250: Te Papa Acquires Rare Painting Of Cook's Voyage

Te Papa announced today it has purchased William Hodges’ Waterfall in Dusky Bay with Maori Canoe for New Zealand’s national art collection. More>>

Resene Eighth Annual Architecture & Design Film Festival

This year’s line-up will showcase the most acclaimed and current films in architecture and design, including documentaries on this century’s finest architects, super stars in the design field and movements for environmental change. More>>

Filthy Rich Scores American Remake

New Zealand drama Filthy Rich has been green-lit for a US remake by Fox network starring Sex and the City’s Kim Cattrall… A pilot episode shot in New Orleans earlier this year also saw Kim Cattrall in the starring role, based on the character played by Miriama Smith in NZ. More>>

Ockhams: ‘Urgently Relevant’ Novel Wins NZ’s Richest Literary Award

Dame Fiona Kidman has won this year’s $53,000 Acorn Foundation Fiction Prize at the Ockham New Zealand Book Awards for her novel, This Mortal Boy, a work described by the judges as ‘moving, memorable, authentic and urgently relevant to our times.’ More>>

ALSO:

Comedy Festival: The Comedy Festival Is On

Binge on almost a full month of comedic delights, as the NZ International Comedy Festival runs from 2-26/5 in Auckland and Wellington. More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • CULTURE
  • HEALTH
  • EDUCATION
 
 
  • Wellington
  • Christchurch
  • Auckland