Serve for New Zealand: Anzac Day brings together The Student Volunteer Army (SVA), the Royal New Zealand Returned and Services’ Association Inc. (RSA) and the University of Canterbury (UC) to create a conversation about the Kiwi spirit of service.
In 2016, with a strong connection to service and volunteering, the SVA and UC wanted to find a way to honour the Anzac spirit while also giving back to the community. Serve for New Zealand was created as a gift to the RSA to commemorate their 100th birthday – and as a gift to New Zealand to share with Kiwis the legacy we hope the Christchurch earthquakes will forever ignite: the legacy of service.
Launched in 2016 as a pilot project, over 6,600 hours were pledged by over 4,400 individuals all over New Zealand. We’re bringing Serve for NZ: Anzac Day back in 2017 – and making it bigger and better, to create the greatest volunteering impact we can!
- To further the values and spirit of the Anzacs by mobilising communities to partake in neighbourly or community service projects on Anzac Day Mission
- To embed community wide volunteering across generations, across New Zealand, for one day
- To offer individuals a way to participate in Anzac Day
- To strengthen knowledge of volunteering and the importance of service
To learn and practice the values of ‘The New Zealand Story’ in a community setting:
To honour the values of the Anzacs, which are core to the New Zealand spirit and identity: