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Red Centre volunteer stories on YouTube

By Patrick Nelson

Aspire Scholarship recipient Alex Bruer … on the ball Aspire Scholarship recipient Alex Bruer … on the ball

Four Charles Darwin University Aspire students from Central Australia have spoken about their experiences as community volunteers in a video published on YouTube.

Brittany Krol, Tyson Abbott and Alex Skipsey-Williams (from Alice Springs) and Alex Bruer (from Yuendumu) all acknowledged the value of giving something back to the community.

“I found that it was a really good experience for me,” said Brittany, who worked with Transition children at Bradshaw Primary School.

“It (will) help me choose a job when I’m older; it’ll definitely give (me) a boost in later life.”

Alex Bruer described his volunteering experience at PAW media, where he worked with video and radio, as motivating.

“It makes you more confident and gives you experience working with people, equipment and also sets you up to learn more,” he said.

“I’m a bit more confident now; I can be more on the ball (and) when people need me I can rush there and get the things they need.”

CDU Aspire Program Coordinator Jen Eddy said 11 senior secondary students provided cameos for the video, which was launched to celebrate National Volunteer Week, May 11-17.

“Students from Darwin, Palmerston, Katherine, Mataranka and Tennant Creek had volunteered across a range of areas including singing in a choir and gardening for an elderly lady,” Ms Eddy said.

“Each student had a unique story to tell.”

Ms Eddy said this was the third year in which Aspire students had shared their volunteering stories in a short video.

“Once again we had tremendous support from youth mentor and story-teller Amy Hetherington in the making of the video.”

Ms Eddy said volunteering was an important part of the Aspire Program, which seeks to raise the tertiary study aspirations of secondary students in partner schools across the Northern Territory.

“They gain valuable skills and have an opportunity to give something back to their community.”

The video can be accessed online at W: www.cdu.edu.au/aspire