Student Volunteer Army marches into Lincoln

24 February 2021 | Students News

The Student Volunteer Army (SVA), founded 10 years ago to help during the Christchurch earthquakes, now has a Lincoln University branch.

Lincoln SVA Vice-President, Megan Cambus, said the club was “super excited” to engage Lincoln University students in volunteering to support local community groups, and to provide fun opportunities.

 “Our aim/why for the year is that ‘students value takoha and engage in volunteering’.

“Through enabling and encouraging the rangatahi to become involved we are hoping to make a positive impact on our community.”

 She said the club has 40 members but plans on encouraging more to sign up by visiting student accommodation and inviting students to bring along their friends

 “Many young people haven't been exposed to volunteering and we believe that this is something really important and valuable for many young people.”

The Lincoln SVA’s first big project is a clean-up this Friday, (26 February) at 12pm at Coes Ford, and will involve weeding, collecting rubbish and “lots of fun”.

 Every volunteer gets a free tee-shirt and there will be a free sausage sizzle.

 “We also have some pre-loaded Skinny sim cards to give away. Throughout the year, we will be organising several volunteering opportunities with the potential of a camp on the horizon. We would love to hear any suggestions or requests for future events.”

 She said the club is working with the Selwyn District Council to find volunteering opportunities.

Students can sign up using the SVA app, which can be downloaded from the App Store or Google Play by searching “sva” or by scanning QR codes around campus.

 Once the app is downloaded, click sign up and select “Lincoln University”.           

 Students can also email and find them on Instagram (@lincoln_sva) and Facebook (@LincolnSVA).

Image: Lincoln SVA members Caitlin Rhodes and Megan Cambus serve up candyfloss at the recent Lincoln University Clubs and Market Day.