Project Friendship 2012 off to a good start

Published on 11th April 2012

Almost 60 schools have so far signed up to VSA Project Friendship 2012, which runs from 6 to 12 August.


Project Friendship coordinator Karla Paotonu says the response so far has been very encouraging, and she hopes that this year’s event is now on track to being the most successful ever.


“VSA is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year and it would be great to mark that milestone with an even bigger and better Project Friendship.”


Several schools involved in Project Friendship will have a special role to play during the 50th anniversary celebrations. They have been invited to perform at events being held as part of the travelling photo exhibition, Windows to Another World. The exhibition is being held in Wellington, Auckland Nelson and Dunedin during June and July.

“We are really looking forward to seeing cultural groups from our Project Friendship schools providing entertainment at the exhibition opening nights and during some lunch hours,” says Karla.  “One lucky group will even get to perform for the Governor General at a celebration evening being held in Wellington on 14 June.”


Project Friendship 2012 is supported by the popular singer Ladi6. She has a special connection to VSA – as a teenager she spent a year living in Tanzania while her parents were on a VSA assignment.


“It’s great to have someone with such a close association with VSA taking part in Project Friendship during such an important year,” says Karla.


"I believe in the positive change volunteers have on the communities they become involved with. I have witnessed the incredible evolution first hand, I am proud and honoured to be a supporter of Project Friendship." - Ladi6


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