SAAVI Student of the Term 4, 2017 - Joshua

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Parklands Christian College year 11 student, Joshua has completed the CHC24015 Certificate II in Active volunteering through our Students as Active Volunteers Initiative (SAAVI).

Joshua chose to volunteer with an organisation called RAW Impact which is a registered non profit organisation in Cambodia and are partnered in Australia with the Global Development Group (GDG) who assists in delivering and administrating sustainable projects to help struggling families in Cambodia and around the world. The goal for RAW Impact volunteers who work in Australia are predominately to raise awareness and fundraising during events. The money raised was to go towards the Parklands and Brisbane Christian College’s Mission Trip to Cambodia which took place in September 2017. 

Whilst volunteering Joshua was required to assist and partake in fundraising projects which included the College Fete, BBQ’s, a Cambodian Gala Dinner and Auction, plus Mother’s Day and Father’s Day Stalls. Tasks varied from setting up events, food preparation, handling money and customer service. Joshua also learnt about the importance of Workplace Health and Safety Practices and Basic Food Safety Practices.

Whilst in Cambodia, Joshua helped build a toilet block and shower for families living in a slum village. With no prior experience in building and in very difficult conditions, Joshua was continually out of his comfort zone and challenged daily. However he persevered to achieve his goal which was to provide hope and a better life and future for the Cambodian families they were helping. Joshua was not only volunteering in a different country, but he also had to deal with a different culture and language. Communicating was a challenge at first however Joshua made a serious commitment to prepare himself and understand the reason for the trip.

After volunteering in Cambodia, Joshua realised how blessed he was to live in Australia and how we take simple things for granted. ‘Volunteering has made me see that I have a heart for helping others and I’m going to continue to do so’.

‘Joshua is going to study medicine he has a passion for helping others. Joshua wishes to continue his volunteering into his senior years by supporting our yearly mission trips and being a mentor for future students’ – Mrs Nikki Muller, Parklands Christian College

Thank you for being such an inspiration to your school and your community Joshua. We wish you all the best in your future and hope you will continue to inspire others.

Congratulations on being one of our SAAVI Student of the Term 4, 2017. For his efforts, Joshua was presented the SAAVI Student Term Award and a $50 Gift Card.