Young people celebrated during Student Volunteers week
This week (February 20-26) has been Student Volunteering Week 2012 where students up and down the country put others first and help out.
Scores of events up are due to take place celebrating student volunteers, but also encouraging and supporting them and the organisations they work with.
Students volunteer their time for a number of reasons. As well as boosting their employment chances, it also helps develop confidence and self-esteem. And of course, the people they work with also benefit.
The week is a considered a great way of celebrating the contribution that students make to communities and of the encouragement they give to others to get involved.
Childreach International is one charity that would endorse the view that students make fantastic volunteers and very successful fundraisers. The charity, which works alongside local communities in the developing world to unlock a child’s potential, benefits significantly from the enthusiasm of the many students that support it, allowing Childreach International to reach out to more than 300,000 children and their communities to date. Every year they send hundreds of students overseas on Challenge Events, such as climbing Mount Kilimanjaro or scaling Everest Base Camp, raising millions of pounds for charity.
Firoz Patel, chief executive of Childreach International said: "We are hugely grateful for the support and dedication of all of our volunteers – including the many students who contribute their time and effort to help our cause. Their hard work and fundraising efforts will continue to help children in the developing world unlock their full potential."
And of course, if any students are also involved in fundraising as part of their volunteering, by using MyDonate, they can be sure that all the money raised will go to the charity of their choice.