This weekend was one of the last opportunities to clock up volunteer hours to claim a ticket to The Concert this Saturday 3rd of November at AMI stadium.

Stunning weather complemented an array of awesome projects keeping volunteers busy from right around Christchurch. It was the 2nd official Christchurch Spring Clean, an initiative from the Volunteer Army Foundation (VAF) and the last big project before The Concert takes place next weekend.  Over 75 participants gathered in latimar Square and were sent off to nominated properties of needy households around Christchurch. See The Video here

Members of the Volunteer Army Foundation assisted hundreds of Rotary members to plant 5000 petunias and 4000 square meters of wild-flower seeds supplied by the Rotary Club for the second annual Colour-Me-Christchurch Scheme.  1600 sunflowers, donated from the Ashburton Council, were planted in old truck types at the fourteen sites chosen in an effort to brighten up the city. See the news storyhere

The third significant project worked by the VAF was ReNew Brighton. Architecture Students from UniTec have spent 2012 designing pavilions, with two being selected to build in nominated locations in Christchurch.  Unitec Students spent the last week in Christchurch building their designs using a mix of recycled materials collected by The VAF.  At the same time, a third sub-consent space was being built for community use on Tuam Street. Graffiti was replaced with art, and landscaping is an ongoing collaborative project using recycled plants, bricks, tyres, carpet and even some statues, designed and built by volunteers. All three spaces were overseen by SHACK, assisted by VAF and the general community.

If you still haven’t had time to participate in volunteering, never fear cause the Pre-Pledge is here! By Pre-Pledging you can sign up now and volunteer later. The Concert celebrates all the amazing work people have done for their communities since the quakes and aims to inspire volunteering as a sense of currency instead of money. Go on – Join the movement!