“GO PURPLE” is the international colour for epilepsy and we are encouraging all Queenslanders to wear purple on Monday 26 March 2018. Purple Day is celebrated throughout the world to dispel the myths surrounding epilepsy by raising awareness in a positive way.

Saturday 25 November 2017 has been designated as “Orange Day” by the UN to raise awareness against violence towards women and girls. The overarching theme of ‘Orange Day’ is “Leave No One Behind: Ending Violence Against Women and Girls”. Orange being a vibrant and optimistic colour it represents a future free of violence.

Nathanial is a Year 10 student from Parklands Christian College who is enrolled in the CHC24015 Certificate II in Active Volunteering through our Students As Active Volunteers Initiative (SAAVI). Nathanial loves sport and has a passion for giving back to his sporting community. He has dedicated time to volunteering at the Jimboomba Little Athletics Centre where he undertakes a variety of tasks including coaching younger athletes.

Bianca (or better known to her friends as Cozi) is a Year 12 student from Everton Park State School who has completed the CHC24015 Certificate II in Active volunteering through our Students as Active Volunteers Initiative (SAAVI). Only 20 hours was required to complete the course; however Cozi volunteered over 100 hours of her time!

Mt Maria College Year 12 student Blake is completing a CHC24015 Certificate II in Active volunteering through our Students as Active Volunteers Initiative (SAAVI). Blake volunteers in the Religious Education Department at the school where he undertakes a variety of tasks that include designing labels for the 'care to cook' project, making flyers and bagging food and delivery to the local parish.

Parklands Christian College year 11 student, Joshua has completed the CHC24015 Certificate II in Active volunteering through our Students as Active Volunteers Initiative (SAAVI).

Anti-Poverty Week starts on Sunday 15 to Saturday 21 October 2017 coinciding with the UN’s annual International Anti-Poverty Day on Tuesday 17 October 2017.

The Brisbane Christmas Basket Buddy is calling on volunteers now to donate food and/or a Christmas present for the homeless and families in need around the Brisbane area.

Feature by Leanne Edmistone. Appeared in U on Sunday (the Sunday Mail), 28 August 2011 The first thing strangers ask when they learn young bride Jenny Geale is a full-time volunteer is, how does she afford to eat? The second thing many assume is that she's just filling in time until she falls pregnant.

For many Christmas is a joyous and festive time to be spent with family and friends. Time spent having a BBQ, going to the beach or a game of backyard cricket. It’s a time to be grateful for the people in our lives and the country we live in.

Appeared on Pro Bono News, 13 March 2012 Organisations need to move beyond traditional practices and listen to the opinions of young people in order to improve their experience and attract them to volunteering, a new report has found. The Volunteering Queensland report, Young People as Volunteers, recommends ways in which companies can engage youth volunteers for activity and skills based volunteering, and identifies new approaches to volunteer roles through social media.

Our thoughts are currently with Central Queensland (Gladstone Regional Council Area) who are experiencing flooding in their area. There have been no calls for spontaneous volunteers at this time.

National Student Volunteer Week (NSVW) will be held on 14-20 August 2017. The week promotes and celebrates student volunteering and will see a wide variety of events, activities, forums and awareness-raising campaigns led by higher education providers and schools nationwide. Events include volunteer expos, lunchtime panels, student volunteer of the year awards, blood drives, cupcake days, greening projects and video presentations!

Australia nationally recognises Harmony Day on Wednesday 21 March 2018 to celebrate our cultural diversity and it also coincides with the United Nations ‘International Day of the Elimination of Racial Discrimination’.

International Migrants Day is an international day observed for taking into account the large and increasing number of migrants in the world. On 4 December 2000, the United Nations appointed 18 December to be officially appointed as International Migrants Day and celebrated annually.

'Leave no woman behind' International Women’s Day is globally recognised to celebrate the amazing acts of courage and determination by ordinary women in their country and communities. The 2018 theme is ‘Leave no woman behind’acknowledges the essential role women play in humanitarian and natural disaster response.

Poor mental health in the workplace is currently costing Australian businesses $11 billion a year as revealed by researchers at the University of Tasmania. With approximately 45% of Australians experiencing some sort of mental health issue in their lifetime, it is likely that at some point, every worker will be affected by mental illness, either directly or indirectly.

It’s time to get out and about and know your neighbours! Sunday 25 March 2018 is recognised as ‘Neighbour Day’ and the theme is“The Importance of a Supportive Neighbourhood for Children and Young People”.

‘Pay It Forward’ and what does it mean – an expression for describing the beneficiary of a good deed repaying it to others instead of to the original benefactor.

As part of their Pirlirrpa Education Program, St James College recently held a Pirlirrpa Open Day & Volunteer Expo on the 8th August 2017. The stalls were run by students enrolled at Pirlirrpa (St James College) currently undertaking a CHC24015 Certificate II in Active Volunteering through Volunteering Queensland's Students As Active Volunteers Initiative (SAAVI).

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