Polly Forbes and Charli Francis alongside the University of Canterbury’s Student Volunteer Army (SVA) and other local Year 12s, have come to the aid of Prebbleton Plunket. In the space of a few hours, the students transformed the grounds, clearing 400kg of waste from the site.
Despite wet weather, 38 Year 12 students from ten Christchurch schools arrived eager to get to work, painting, gardening, trimming hedges and spreading bark at the clinic; even preparing their own BBQ lunch, which they shared with everyone present.
Plunket volunteers were grateful for the help after falling behind in the maintenance of the facility.
“As volunteers and busy mums ourselves, we really appreciate everyone giving up their time to help us out. It would have taken our volunteers a whole weekend to get that amount of work done.”
The UCan programme encourages local secondary students to become leaders in their communities through volunteering, while being mentored by SVA members.