Date: Wednesday 25th September 2013
Time: 1.00pm - 5.00pm
Venue: Bailey Allen Hall, Aras na Mac Léinn, National University of Ireland, Galway
NUI Galway's 12th annual Volunteering Fair took place on Wednesday, 25 September in the Bailey Allen Hall, from 1-5pm. Over 2,000 students, staff and members of the general public attended the event with over 80 charities and community organisations that showcased the wide range of volunteer opportunities in Galway. The Fair was officially opened by Ruairí McKiernan, Social Innovator and member of the Council of State.
It is a fitting tribute that Ruairí McKiernan will open the Fair as he is a multi award winning social innovator who was appointed to the Council of State last year by President Michael D Higgins. Ruairí is the founder of the pioneering SpunOut (www.SpunOut.ie) national youth organisation and his work focuses on social justice, health and community empowerment campaigns, projects & publishing. Ruairí works internationally with numerous non profit organisations and contributes regularly to the national media. He has recently completed a 'hitching for hope' hitch-hiking tour of Ireland and is currently writing a book about social change in Ireland. His website is www.community.ie
Exhibitors at the Volunteering Fair included: Gorta, COPE Galway, Amnesty International, Brothers of Charity, Croí Na Gaillimhe, Home Start Athenry, Ability West, Green Sod Ireland, Goal, Age Action West, AIDS West and Hope Foundation.
What is ALIVE?
The ALIVE Programme - A Learning Initiative and the Volunteering Experience - is NUI Galway's student volunteering programme, established in 2003 to harness, acknowledge and support student volunteering. The programme draws on a strong tradition of student engagement both on and off campus and assists students who wish to actively volunteer while developing tangible and transferable skills alongside practical volunteering experiences. ALIVE is the first ever student volunteer programme to be embedded within an institution of higher education in Ireland. This pioneering programme serves as a national model which other institutions look to for advice and support in terms of developing similar opportunities.
ALIVE - NUI Galway's Student Volunteering Programme
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