The University of Canterbury's Student Volunteer Army was in action at the weekend with its "Big Give" initiative.

The University of Canterbury’s Student Volunteer Army was in action at the weekend with its “Big Give” initiative which saw more than 1000 students clean up at Christchurch’s Godley Head. Department of Conservation rangers organised the students into 20 different groups to tackle projects ranging from planting trees to repairing fences.

It’s over 7 years since Sam Johnson (2008–09), Jason Pemberton (2007–08) and friends founded the SVA in response to the Christchurch earthquakes and the organisation is as active today as it was then. There are currently 2000 members with numbers expected to rise to 3000 by the end of the year which equates to almost a quarter of the UC student population. Ch students continue to be closely involved with SVA. Alumnus and current tutor Shayne Goldingham (2014-15) is a member of the executive team and is responsible for communications. Josh Blackmore (2015-16) is the current SVA president. 

Listen to Josh Blackmore talk about the challenges of leading the organisation in 2018 and watch the students in action at Godley Head.

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