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Hundreds of students set out to make a difference in John Curtin Weekend

Media release

More than 300 Curtin University students will lend a hand to dozens of community projects across Western Australia over the coming weeks as part of the annual John Curtin Weekend.

The volunteers will visit 30 towns and communities across the State including the Goldfields-Esperance region, Shire of Mundaring, Peel, South-West and City of Swan and surrounds, Town of Victoria Park and the Wheatbelt for both day and overnight trips.

Curtin University Vice-Chancellor Professor Harlene Hayne said the volunteers would support local communities while also gaining meaningful learning experiences.

“John Curtin Weekend allows students to give back to their community, explore unique parts of WA and also provides the opportunity to explore different career paths,” Professor Hayne said.

“The volunteers are getting real-life work experience, building employability skills and expanding their networks while they work across multiple community projects.

“This annual volunteer project demonstrates our commitment to supporting the development of well-rounded students who want to make a real difference by helping others.”

John Curtin Weekend Coordinator Mr Krishan Shah, from Curtin Volunteers!, said it was Curtin Volunteers’ largest community project, held to pay tribute to Australia’s wartime Prime Minister, John Curtin.

“John Curtin Weekend demonstrates his vision, leadership and dedication to community service,” Mr Shah said.

“For the first time this year, Nowanup Bush Campus, a meeting, learning and healing space 150 km north-east of Albany, has also been included in John Curtin Weekend with student volunteers involved in Nyungar cultural immersion experiences.

“Nowanup is stunningly beautiful, and biologically rich, and it’s a centrepiece in the section of the Gondwana Link ecological restoration program between the Stirling Ranges and the Fitzgerald River National Park.”

John Curtin Weekend, which has been running for 22 years, is being held until October 10, 2021.

For more information about John Curtin Weekend, visit here.

Further information about Curtin Volunteers! can also be found here.