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VU volunteers thank community

More than 400 Victoria University students and staff will volunteer for dozens of community projects across Maribyrnong, Brimbank and Moonee Valley in the University’s annual Volunteer for You (V4U) Day on Friday 10 October.

Fuelled by an early morning breakfast and official launch on Footscray’s Nicholson Street mall, the volunteers will fan out in teams to garden, paint, clean, collect litter, and participate in activities with the elderly, migrants, the disabled and school children.

Now in its fourth year, V4U draws VU volunteers from all areas of study and all campuses, with the aim of building relationships between students, academics and the local community.

Seven of the projects will be undertaken as part of VU and Maribyrnong City Council’s 10-year strategy to rejuvenate Footscray as a ‘university town.’  

Student volunteers receive credit toward student leadership qualifications through the program, which has been nationally recognised for excellence by the Australian Association of Campus Activities. 

Media are invited to any of the following:


WHERE: Nicholson Street Mall, Footscray (outside the Commonwealth Bank)

WHAT: Hundreds of volunteers in colourful T-shirts gather for official launch with Maribyrnong Mayor Grant Miles and VU Vice-Chancellor Peter Dawkins

TIME: 9.00am-10.00am

CONTACT: Christyn Jenvey 


WHERE: Footscray City Primary School, 10 Hyde Street, Footscray

WHAT: Volunteers painting and gardening at school

TIME: 11am-2pm

CONTACT: Steve Warner 


WHERE: Western English Language School, 46 South Road, Braybrook

WHAT: Volunteers in classroom activities with English-language learners

TIME: 11am-2pm

CONTACT: Douha Abdo 


WHERE: Vision Australia, 346 Macaulay Rd, Kensington

WHAT: Volunteers preparing and packing used postage stamps


CONTACT: Jessica Vitellone 


VU Media Contact:
Ann Marie Angebrandt, Media Producer
Marketing and Advancement, Victoria University
[email protected]
Phone: (03) 9919 5487 or 0403 556 001


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