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Volunteers lend a helping hand during John Curtin Weekend

Media release

A 500-strong team of Curtin volunteers is visiting regional towns and metropolitan cities across Western Australia, Singapore and Malaysia over the next month as part of the annual John Curtin Weekend.

Group of students standing on a bridge in the Avon Valley

The volunteers, which predominantly includes Curtin students, will lend a helping hand to more than 40 community projects across the Mid-West, Wheatbelt, Goldfields-Esperance, Peel and South-West regions, as well as the Cities of Swan and Wanneroo, Town of Victoria Park, and the Shire of Mundaring.

This year’s John Curtin Weekend comes as Curtin Volunteers!, the University’s student-driven volunteering hub, celebrates its 25th birthday.

John Curtin Weekend Coordinator Mr Krishan Shah, from Curtin Volunteers!, said the team was delighted to be marking the special milestone with another successful John Curtin Weekend.

“John Curtin Weekend is Curtin Volunteers!’ largest community project, forging its place on the calendars of various community organisations who look forward to our dedicated volunteers providing their support every year,” Mr Shah said.

“During this year’s John Curtin Weekend, about 500 volunteers will roll up their sleeves and donate their time to more than 40 community projects spread across Western Australia, as well as Singapore and Malaysia.”

Curtin University Deputy Vice-Chancellor Academic Professor Jill Downie said John Curtin Weekend was one of Western Australia’s largest annual community projects.

“John Curtin Weekend is held to honour Australia’s wartime Prime Minister, John Curtin, and demonstrate his qualities of vision, leadership and community service,” Professor Downie said.

“Our wonderful team of volunteers donate their time and efforts to help others every year, offering their support to a range of different causes and learning valuable life lessons along the way.”

John Curtin Weekend, which has been running for 21 years, is being held from September 6 to October 14.

For more information about John Curtin Weekend, visit here.

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