Out­door vol­un­teers

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Streetwatch -

UNIVER­SITY stu­dents from around Perth took part in Na­tional Stu­dent Vol­un­teer Week re­cently by spend­ing time out­doors in the com­mu­nity.

Stu­dents from Univer­sity of West­ern Aus­tralia have taken part in an in­ter-univer­sity treeplant­ing event with Vol­un­teer­ing WA and Friends of Lake Clare­mont.

Vol­un­teer­ing WA se­nior devel­op­ment man­ager Traci Gam­blin said the or­gan­i­sa­tion had been work­ing for years with WA uni­ver­si­ties and stu­dent guilds to fa­cil­i­tate vol­un­teer­ing for stu­dents.

“We have seen a shift in think­ing from vol­un­teer­ing as an add-on to an es­sen­tial ser­vice for stu­dents and a vi­tal part of their learn­ing ex­pe­ri­ence,” she said.

“Ter­tiary in­sti­tu­tions recog­nise that vol­un­teer­ing and other forms of com­mu­nity en­gage­ment pro­duce more pre­pared, car­ing and en­gaged grad­u­ates. Be­ing a vol­un­teer en­ables stu­dents to con­nect with the wider com­mu­nity and learn how to ad­dress com­mu­nity prob­lems.”

More than 100 stu­dents from UWA, ECU, Mur­doch, Curtin and Notre Dame planted trees last Sat­ur­day at Lake Clare­mont.

UWA stu­dent guild pres­i­dent Mad­die Mul­hol­land said it was great for stu­dents to get in­volved with vol­un­teer­ing. “It’s great to see stu­dents from all of WA’s uni­ver­si­ties com­ing to­gether to show their com­mit­ment to the en­vi­ron­ment,” she said.

Na­tional Stu­dent Vol­un­teer Week ran from Au­gust 8 to 14.

Pic­ture: An­drew Ritchie d457289

Claire Duffy, Abeena Mo­hann, Kr­is­han Shah, Vi­o­leta Calderon and Holly Johnsen took part in some tree plant­ing for Na­tional Stu­dent Vol­un­teer Week re­cently.

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