Mecedes and Santa Maria college students volunteer time to MercyCare

Mecedes and Santa Maria college students volunteer time to MercyCare

VOLUNTEER students from Mercedes College and Santa Maria College were acknowledged for donating their time to MercyCare.

More than 220 students this year have volunteered more than 2350 hours at the organisation as part of the MercyCare Schools Program, which is now in its third year.

MercyCare schools liaison and volunteers officer Louise Mason said the students completed 15-20 hours of Service Learning but many contributed more.

“The students are so dedicated that many of them are willing to give up their school holidays to help others, and last month we had 81 students volunteer during their holiday,” she said.

Ms Mason said the students volunteered at a range of MercyCare sites across the metropolitan area, including in child care, aged care and respite care for people living with dementia and have also raised money for care products.

MercyCare chief executive Chris Hall said National Student Volunteer Week, which runs from August 8 to 14, was the perfect time to recognise the work of the volunteers.