AA Insurance has announced a new partnership with the Student Volunteer Army (SVA), a New Zealand charity, to foster more resilient communities across Aotearoa New Zealand.
This collaboration aims to enhance community preparedness and resilience, particularly in response to the increasing frequency of severe weather events.
The Student Volunteer Army, established in 2010 following the Canterbury earthquake, has a history of mobilising thousands of student volunteers to assist in crisis situations and community strengthening. Their efforts have focused on equipping local volunteers with crisis response skills and promoting community engagement across generations.
The partnership with the Student Volunteer Army complements AA Insurance's existing collaborations with New Zealand organisations, including Eden Park through its Big Little Sponsorship sports grant and Variety – the Children’s Charity.
“We believe stronger, more resilient communities help protect our customers and their belongings, and this is particularly important as severe weather events are becoming more frequent,” said Elissa Downey, head of corporate affairs and sustainability at AA Insurance. “Our data show that communities and households that are well-prepared and connected with each other, recover stronger, should misfortune or disaster strike. We are proud to be partnering with Student Volunteer Army to champion youth volunteering and inspire young people to volunteer in a way that is meaningful and enriches both them and their communities.”
“We are thrilled to have AA Insurance’s support and to work with them to continue our legacy of empowering primary, secondary, and tertiary aged young people in Aotearoa to find and create their own meaningful volunteering opportunities. AA Insurance has a great reputation for the work they do for their customers, and we are happy to help play a little part in that,” SVA CEO Emily Byrne said.
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