// What is This? //

Who is behind it?

The Scarfie Army was kickstarted by Social Innovation and Otago Polytech alongside a group of passionate Dunedin students.

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How is it funded?

An initial pilot project was funded by Otago Polytechnic Innovation Fund to establish a volunteer programme for staff and students.  In 2013 the project was expanded with further money from this fund.  Future funding options are being explored to ensure that the programme is sustainable into the future. 

How does it work?

The Scarfie Army ideally uses whole classes with certain skills and/or knowledge to meet the needs of charitable organizations.  Project ideas can come from students, teachers, charitable organizations or other Polytechnic staff members.

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Photo by Danielle Sua

// Projects //

Completed & Upcoming Projects


Past projects


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On January 14 17 Kanazawa students braved wet and windy conditions

at Taiaroa Heads planting up to 300 trees and grasses for the Blue Penguins.

All  OISA students were involved in 3 days of volunteering

in mid February.

Projects included:

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weed releasing at spots such as Orokonui reserve as part of the

Living Legends project. Also at Pukekura at Taieroa Head for

the Blue Penguins.  Also at Quarnatine Island.

Potting plants at Tomahawk Beach Care.

Doing ground work at Glenfalloch.

Painting the tunnels at the Albatross Colony and cleaning the disappearing gun.

While all this was happening other OISA students were helping with a fundraising golf tournament.

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Feb 25th saw 14 staff and students decorate cloth bags for Presbyterian Support.

These bags are used to give away to customers of their OP Shops as they are a plastic

bag free zone.  $65 was also raised for Presbyterian Support through clothing sales.

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Bagging it for Charity

2 students collected for Red Cross - they signed up through SJS.

March 21 was child cancer collection.  We raised $592.70 for charity.

7 students also did a campus clean up that day.  Cheers!

April 1 saw 10 Social Services provide a healthy and hearty lunch to volunteers in the community workers.

As much as the food was welcomed it was more the friendship offered and a gained understanding by

both parties about what each other does in the community.

April 14 to 16 - Pre Trade Maori students did an amazing job of regravelling tracks and weeding at Sinclair Wetlands.

They also painted the inside of the new Foodshare premises and held a fundraising BBQ

for Foodshare.  What an awesome 3 days!

Never sitting down they then helped place mulch all around trees at Pinehill.

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Students from the Bachelor of Applied Management class have been busy fulfilling their required  15 volunteer

hours.  Projects have included working at the SPCA, Restore, cleaning streets for Keep Dunedin Beautiful and

helping to paint the youth week mural for Malcam Charitable Trust.

2013 report

Overall 33 projects were attempted and 31 were brought to fruition.

346 volunteers participated (some were in more than one project)

1580.25 volunteer hours were completed.

Based on minimum wage of $13.75 x hours monetary value = $21,728.44

Money raised for various charities = $1208.(this does not include what was not counted by us)

Jackie Milford (design student) contributed the highest number of hours = 48.  This was done by designing, and painting a welcome mural for the Tainui Croquet Club.

Keith Allnatt contributed the highest number of hours for a staff member =20. Keith volunteered over the 3 days of the Special Olympics.



 Benches replaced by foundation students.

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Staff and students numbered ducks for a child cancer fund raising event.

Photo taken by Danielle Sua.

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Staff made Christmas bags for Presbyterian Support.


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Vet nurses from Christchurch cleaned at the Turtle Rescue centre.



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Future projects


Cancer Society needs volunteers in July and August.

Scouts are looking for volunteers!

contact Darlene.thomson@op.ac.nz

If you have any good ideas for projects let us know.

The leadership team will be potting up seeds and pohutakaw trees for charities on August 26th.

They will also be holding a street appeal for cancer on the day.  More volunteers will be required

for that.

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Staff in 2013 weed releasing at Tomahawk.

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 Staff and students in 2013 planting trees at Quarantine Island.








What projects do we accept?

A project is a hands-on community project that can be completed in a set duration of time.

We work with local charitable organizations and community groups to identify and support volunteer projects.  If you have a volunteer project that you would like us to consider providing volunteers for please contact us at info@scarfiearmy.org.nz 

// Our Impact //

It's nothing new

Volunteering is nothing new to Scarfies! Whilst living in Dunedin, as staff or as graduates spread across the globe we have had a long history of people who have volunteered their time and energy to make a practical difference on the world. The Scarfie Army is here to recognize the contribution Scarfies (staff and students) are already making, and make more opportunities available.

Our Progress So Far

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// Partners //

What help do we need?

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Skellerup have kindly donated 12 pairs of gumboots.  Now we can really get down and dirty!!!  Thanks heaps Skellerup.

Donations of material or money would greatly be appreciated.

The following groups/businesses  helped us in some way in 2013 either through donations or by allowing us to help them.  A big thanks to them.

 Repco Auto

 Dunedin Environment Trust

Volunteering Otago

Dunedin Community Transport Trust



Child Cancer Foundation

Port United Rowing Club

NEV Project


Stop Violence Dunedin

Fonterra –   Tip Top

Monarch Cruises

Otago   Community Trust

CCS Disability Action Otago

The Body Shop

Cancer Society

Marlow Pies

Vege Boys

Strictly   Coffee

Rainbow Confectionary



Student Hub

Enterprise Upholstery

BNT   Automotive

Cook Howlison Toyota

Auckland   Youth Orchestra

SPCA Otago

Breast Cancer   Org

Stopping Violence


Bathgate Comm Trust

Elim Church

Arthritis Foundation

Malcam Trust

Quarantine Island

Shopping Bus   Transport

Disability Support Otago

Environment   Trust

Turtle Rescue

Special   Olympics

 2014 partners to date:

Albatross Colony, Pukekura Blue Penguins, Glenfalloch Gardens, DOC, Tomahawk Beach Care Trust, Quarantine Island, Child Cancer, Keep Dunedin Beautiful.


// Join Us //

Become one of the team today

Are you ready to combine your forces for good? If you have ideas for projects, or the people-power to do them contact us now!

// Contact Us