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Kiwi young people supporting their communities


As Aotearoa New Zealand celebrates National Volunteers Week, The Duke of Edinburgh’s Hillary Award (the Award) is focused on highlighting the important role that young Kiwis play in supporting their communities and country through volunteering.

Karen Ross, National Director of the Award, says “we currently have over 8000 Kiwi young people volunteering their time to support their communities.  More than 67,000 hours were spent volunteering in the past 12 months, just by the 8000 young people who have completed their Award.

These young people are passionate, value-driven and they genuinely want to make a positive difference in the world. As we mark National Volunteers Week, we want to shout about the fantastic things young people are doing across Aotearoa – and the incredible adults who are supporting them to achieve that.

Around the world, 320,000+ Award participants give a staggering 6.6 million hours volunteering over a 12-month period. 

At the heart of the Award experience for young participants is the opportunity for them to volunteer themselves, but like so many youth organisations, the Award depends upon the expertise and experience of hundreds of adult volunteers to support young people through their programmes. They are a true testament to the power of volunteering,” ends Karen.   

The Duke of Edinburgh’s Hillary Award is a global, non-formal education framework which challenges young people to develop new skills, get physically active, learn about teamwork and leadership through adventurous journey and volunteer within their community. The Award encourages young people to step outside their comfort zones and in doing so, develop universal skills – such as resilience, confidence and adaptability – to help ensure they are ready for the world.

National Volunteer Week 2019 runs from June 16-22. This year’s theme is “Whiria te tangata – weaving the people together”. Volunteering, Mahi Aroha and social action weave people and communities together.



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