Uni to recognise its many volunteers
Tuesday, 2 December 2003
The University of Adelaide will this week recognise its more than 1,300 volunteers who involve themselves in numerous activities during the year.
On Friday 5 December, to coincide with International Volunteer Day being celebrated around the world, the university will hold a morning tea in Bonython Hall to thank its University-wide volunteer community for their contribution.
At this event the University of Adelaide Volunteers web site (live today) is officially launched by the patron of the newly established volunteers committee, Mrs Lindsay McWha, wife of Vice-Chancellor Professor James McWha.
Designated by the United Nations, International Volunteer Day is set aside to acknowledge the gift of time given by volunteers and the value of volunteer effort.
"The University of Adelaide actively encourages and promotes the culture of volunteering," says Vice-Chancellor Professor James Mcwha. "We recognise that volunteers are a valuable resource and do much to enhance this University's programs, activities and community relations."
Professor McWha says every attempt is made for volunteers to be proud of their involvement with this institution.
"The University aims to create an environment that fosters and encourages volunteer satisfaction, including learning new skills and making professional and social contacts.
"In doing so, the University seeks to ensure that the rights of volunteers are maintained, that volunteers are well supported and encouraged in their service to the University," says Professor McWha.
There are numerous volunteering opportunities within the University. They include: The University Archives Volunteer Group; The Waite Precinct Volunteer Program; Radio Adelaide; Alumni Community Relations and Development; Barr Smith Library; International Student Centre; Florey Medical Research Fund and Theatre Guild.