2011 The Year of Volunteering
Celebrate & support our students with their Christmas Appeal
To celebrate and recognise the spirit of volunteering and the contribution which student volunteers make to our society, DIT is hosting an exhibition on student volunteering called “We Volunteer” from 12- 15 December in the DIT Aungier Street Campus. The exhibition has been developed by universities and institutes of technology from across Ireland and coincides with the European Year of Volunteering 2011.
The ‘We Volunteer’ printed photographic exhibition has been travelling the country and showcases the work of student volunteers from over twenty HEIs. The “We Volunteer” exhibition aims to highlight the extent and diversity of student volunteering in Ireland. It is hoped the exhibition will not only recognise current student volunteers and their efforts to add value to their local communities but also to inspire others to donate some of their time and skills to Volunteering opportunities.
Over 30% of DIT students volunteer on a regular basis helping with clubs, societies, and community organisations. Indeed, last year alone over €20,000 was raised by DIT students for Charity.
DIT student Ross shares his volunteering experience:
“I volunteered as Vice President of St. Vincent de Paul Society at DIT where I organise our events, fund raising and volunteering activities. I have gained something I never thought possible, a mentality; a mind set which constantly asks the questions: "What can I do to help? What can I do to make a difference?" Ross O'Neil, DIT Student
The exhibition also coincides with DIT students annual two week long Christmas Appeal in aid of a number of chosen charities including SVP, Capuchin Day Centre, W4Z, Aware and World Aids Day. The Appeal runs from the 1st to 15th of December and includes a jam packed schedule of events, a selection of which includes;
- 13th/14th December - Mini Christmas Market in Aungier St
- 13th December - Xmas Factor in DIT Bolton Street, with the DIT Guitar Society
- 14th December - CAFA Soc Minced Pies & Mulled Wine Event
- 15th December - DIT Societies Christmas Ball
For more information on volunteering and upcoming opportunities see www.socs.dit.ie