VSA extends the hand of friendship

Published on 3rd August 2012

Friendship is the name of the game for VSA next week, as we launch our annual event for young people, VSA Project Friendship, and also take part in Friendship Week activities in Samoa.


Thousands of school children and girl guides from around New Zealand are signed up to take part in this year’s Project  Friendship, which runs from August 6 to 12.  They will sell funky, colourful bracelets for $3 to support VSA volunteers working in Melanesia, Polynesia and Timor-Leste.



The money raised from Project Friendship will help VSA volunteers working with young people on issues such as child rights, HIV and AIDS, and the environment.


“Project Friendship is an opportunity for young people to think about their role in the global community and how, by working together today they really can help build a better tomorrow,” says VSA chief executive officer Gill Greer.


VSA is also holding an event in Samoa on 7 August to celebrate VSA’s 50th anniversary. The event coincides with Friendship Week, being held to mark the 50th anniversary of the Treaty of Friendship signed by New Zealand and Samoa on 1 August 1962.


CEO Gill Greer and VSA Council chairman Farib Sos with attend the event, being held at the High Commission residence in Letava.


VSA was set up in 1962, and sent its first volunteers to Samoa in 1963. Almost 250 VSA volunteers have worked in Samoa since then. Our current focus in Samoa is on small business development, particularly in the areas of agriculture and tourism.


Read the Project Friendship blogs.


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