21 October 2010

A UQ group has been recognised for successfully linking student volunteers with community projects.

Earlier this month The Bridge won the top prize at the inaugural Club of the Year Awards Night hosted by the UQ Union.

With 120 different affiliated clubs having participated this year, and a number of different award categories, The Bridge was able to secure themselves the highest honours of the night.

“Winners were selected by 16 independent Union staff and based on self-nominating submissions made by the clubs in order to keep it all above board,” Clubs And Societies Coordinator James Hudson said.

President of The Bridge John O'Bryen said his team was humbled to win the top award.

“It was a nice surprise to recognise the efforts of The Bridge executive team and members," he said.

Based at The University of Queensland, The Bridge works to promote valuable volunteer experience to interested UQ staff and students, bridging them with the community.

Established in 2001, it is Australia's first student formed and led volunteer organisation.

“We are a student-run, not-for-profit organisation dedicated to assisting our volunteers achieve
placements in projects of their choosing,” Mr O’Bryen said.

“Volunteering is the perfect way to meet new people, improve your resume, and develop your sense of social justice.

"Popular projects people volunteer for include tutoring refugee students in English at local high schools and assisting at various community health centres around Brisbane."

The Bridge does not adopt any political ideology or have any religious affiliation, striving to be accessible to anyone who is interested in getting involved in their community through volunteer activities.

They hold fortnightly meetings, biannual volunteer expos and various social events.

"The Bridge has undergone a lot of positive changes in the past two years. It promises to be even bigger and better in 2011," Mr O’Bryen said.

If you would like to find out more information about the club, visit them at any one of their various events or visit www.uqbridge.com

For more information on the many other clubs and societies at UQ, visit the UQ Union Clubs and Societies website.

Media: Janardan Kewin at UQ Communications (07 3365 2619, j.kewin@uq.edu.au)