National Student Volunteer Week: uni students get busy planting trees


Claire Duffy (UWA Guild Volunteers), Abeena Mohann (Murdoch Guild Volunteers), Krishan Shah (Curtin Volunteers), Violeta Calderon (Notre Dame Volunteer Network) and Holly Johnsen (ECU Careers and Leadership) planting trees for National Volunteer Week. Picture: Andrew Ritchie
Claire Duffy (UWA Guild Volunteers), Abeena Mohann (Murdoch Guild Volunteers), Krishan Shah (Curtin Volunteers), Violeta Calderon (Notre Dame Volunteer Network) and Holly Johnsen (ECU Careers and Leadership) planting trees for National Volunteer Week. Picture: Andrew Ritchie

UNIVERSITY students from around Perth are getting involved in the community for National Student Volunteer Week.

Five of the universities across Perth will work with Volunteering WA for an inter-university tree-planting event with the 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 will plant trees this 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 runs from August 8 to 14.