Prince Harry inspires Student Army to ‘Serve for New Zealand’

Prince Harry inspires Student Army to ‘Serve for New Zealand’

A confidential discussion between Prince Harry and Christchurch’s Student Volunteer Army (SVA) in May last year has culminated today with the launch of Serve for New Zealand: Anzac Day.

The concept, where members of the public are encouraged to undertake some form of volunteering on a national holiday, will be piloted on Anzac Day, coinciding this year with the RSA’s centenary.

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A new national day of service

Announcing the initiative on the 5 year anniversary of Canterbury’s biggest earthquake, SVA founder Sam Johnson said Serve for New Zealand was all about coming together to do good, not just as a community but as a nation.

“Some of us acknowledge Anzac Day by attending a dawn service while others do so more privately. Serve for New Zealand: Anzac Day creates another opportunity they might like to consider.

“In launching this initiative our dream is that thousands of New Zealanders will take some time out on Anzac Day – even if it’s just an hour – to give back to their community in some way.

“Whether that’s by helping out their elderly neighbour, picking up rubbish along their local walking route, or by offering their time to their favourite charity the week before, we want to connect neighbours through service.”

A website – – has been set up to for people to pledge their intention to contribute, and to provide suggestions as to how they might like to get involved in the lead up to Anzac Day.

“The RSA’s 100th Anniversary is indeed a fitting day to inspire people to consider volunteering, potentially for their first time,” Sam says. “The day is, after all, a reminder of the very meaning of the words ‘servicemen’ and ‘servicewomen’ – putting one’s life on the line will always represent the ultimate in service.”

Student Volunteer Army Medi

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