A volunteer fair at
the University of Otago yesterday was a ''raging success''
and showed increasing interest in volunteering among Dunedin
students, organisers say.
University Volunteering Centre co-ordinator Sze-En Lau said
the 24 organisations at the fair signed up about 800
This made the inaugural fair a raging success and it would
become an annual event, she said.
The reaction from organisations involved had been nothing but
positive, and the number of students who signed up or
expressed an interest ''reflects the growing interest'' among
students in the city in volunteering.
Students were increasingly keen to be a part of the
community, and volunteering - especially for those who came
to the university from outside the city - enabled them to do
that, she said.
Otago University Students' Association project co-ordinator
Kitty Brown said the work done by the Student Volunteer Army
following the Christchurch earthquakes was a major reason
behind the growing popularity of volunteering.
Whereas students in the past may have tried to make a
difference by protesting, now they might get involved by
setting up a volunteer organisation, she said.
Growing competition in the workplace also meant students were
turning to volunteering as way of gaining an edge when it
came to getting a job after graduating.
Department of Conservation volunteer co-ordinator Lucy Hardy
said the students' response was brilliant and Doc would be
back next year.
More than 100 students expressed an interest in volunteering
for Doc and she was looking forward to seeing fresh faces
helping with tasks such as hut maintenance and ranger work.
The organisations that attended ranged from student-led
groups such as Cancer Core and Choose Kids to organisations
like Orokonui Ecosanctuary and IHC.
The fair was jointly run by the volunteering centre and OUSA.