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World volunteer leaders to meet in Gold Coast

The sunny Gold Coast is set to welcome 1,000 volunteer leaders from countries across the world for the 23rd IAVE World Volunteer Conference from September 15 to 20. This is only the second time in 44 years that Australia will host to this international event.

The conference is a biennial event organised by the International Association for Volunteer Effort (IAVE) and hosted by the national peak body for volunteering, Volunteering Australia. It will be one of the highlights for volunteering leaders and organisations this year to network and share best practices, challenges and future trends.

“It is critical that we keep working both nationally as well as globally to strengthen, promote and advance volunteering. And we have put together a fantastic line up of speakers representing around 40 countries at the conference to help us work toward this goal,” said IAVE’s World President-Elect, Kylee Bates, who will coincidentlly be only the second Australian to take on this role next month.

The conference theme is Volunteering – Today’s Imperative and will not only focus on current models of volunteering but more importantly the future of volunteering.

“It is amazing to see that although we may be divided geographically and come from a diversity of cultures and traditions, we are united in our belief in the power of volunteering and the positive impact it has in each of our societies,” said the CEO of Volunteering Australia, Brett Williamson, OAM.

The conference consists of two separate conferences:

  1. IAVE World Youth Conference which will be held at the Watermark Hotel Gold Coast from 15 – 17 September 2004
  2. 23rd IAVE World Volunteer Conference which will be held at the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre  from 17 to 20 September 2014

The conference will feature both international as well as local speakers and panellists from government, academia, corporate and not for profits. The Governor-General, Sir Peter Cosgrove and Lady Cosgrove will be guests of honour at the conference gala dinner on 17 September. Full conference details are available on www.iave2014.org

We will be reporting live at the conference so keep updated on the latest via our Twitter feed as well as #IAVE2014 and our Facebook page.

For Media Inquiries please contact Communications and Marketing Manager for Volunteering Australia, Mark Devan at mark@volunteeringaustralia.org