On the 22nd of February 2011, a 6.3 magnitude earthquake devastated Christchurch, New Zealand.
During the following month, 11,000 students volunteered 75,000 hours cleaning up liquefaction silt across the city. They were known as the Student Volunteer Army, and the SVA Foundation is their legacy.
Today, the SVA Foundation, lead by Sam Johnson, administers programmes aimed at developing a volunteering culture in New Zealand’s young people.
Building a Movement for Volunteering
The SVA is a movement committed to advancing volunteering in all the many ways that it happens. We believe in the power of volunteers and created this program as a way to better recognise volunteers in Aotearoa. We are always interested in your feedback.
We are a New Zealand registered charity and rely on donations and partnerships. Please get in touch with our Executive Director, Sam Johnson, if you would like to learn more about our partnership and gifting programme.
Mobilising action towards the 17 Global Goals
For the first time in history, there is a globally agreed list of priorities that are called the Sustainable Development Goals or Global Goals. Each goal relies on actions of volunteers, and calls for long-term attitude and behaviour changes – for example, in the way we waste food or pollute the ocean with plastic.
what schools are saying
This is perfect for our school. We have so many students who act as unpaid caregivers for grandparents and siblings at home. Ironically, this is often a barrier to producing a full CV of service related activities when it comes to completing applications for study or employment. The Service Record component of the Awards means our kids can be recognised for the work they actually do - exciting times
Vicki Cotton, Head of Careers – Sacred Heart Girls’ High School