Volunteer expo held at Massey

MATHEW GROCOTT
Last updated 12:00 09/08/2012
Massey Volunteer expo
ROBERT KITCHIN/Fairfax NZ

PLENTY OF INTEREST: Massey University students talk to one of 28 community groups that attended an expo at the Turitea campus for prospective volunteers.

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Students looking to plant trees, care for abandoned pets or raise money for famine-stricken Africa were in the right place yesterday.

Massey University was the place to be as the Turitea campus held its first volunteers expo.

Held successfully at Massey's Wellington campus for two years and in Auckland for one, the inaugural Manawatu event featured 28 organisations.

Each had a stall from which they could entice the interest of would-be student helpers.

Massey careers consultant John Ross said the groups had been keen to get involved.

“They do so because they recognise the skills and talents Massey students offer, and value the commitment of our students.”

Mr Ross said future employers would also value students and graduates who undertook voluntary work.

“It shows commitment; civic engagement and a keenness to give back and to make a difference, and students develop relevant skills through it.”

SPCA Palmerston North volunteer co-ordinator Mark Dowden said students were signing up at the expo to walk dogs and become animal fosterers.

Vet students especially saw the mutual benefits of volunteering with the organisation.

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