GGAA 2013 - Social Responsibility - Curtin University - Highly Commended
John Curtin Weekend
John Curtin Weekend ‘Curtin Volunteers!’ is the university’s largest community project, which began in 1999 when six groups of students and staff undertook community-initiated projects at various locations around WA. They aimed to embody the values of vision, leadership and community service, which were values that John Curtin, the University’s namesake and Australia’s former Prime Minister, held dear. Since its inception, John Curtin Weekend (JCW) has grown substantially and in 2012, approximately 500 volunteers visited 37 regional and metropolitan sites, engaging in projects nominated by the local community. Past projects include assisting with town events and races, maintenance and restoration of community sites, re-vegetating local nature strips, and youth engagement. The achievements include:
- Contributing positively to the local and wider community by assisting with various community projects;
- Contributing a net amount of approximately $62,993 in-kind, through volunteering activities, to communities throughout WA in 2012, and;
- Promoting volunteerism and community-mindedness amongst Curtin University’s students and staff.