07 December 2003
Australia holds the "Carnivale" for IVD 2003. Melbourne, Australia:
Australian Volunteers International (AVI), the country's largest volunteer sending agency, led the annual celebration of "Carnivale", with several volunteer-involving organizations on International Volunteer Day (IVD), 7 December.
John Thwaites, Deputy Premier & Minister for Victorian Communities formally opened the event. Performers Vika and Linda Bull drew in the crowd of volunteers and passers by. Volunteers received a certificate of appreciation while "Carnivale" visitors signed the ‘thank you’ book for the volunteers.
Participating organizations include the Volunteers of Banyule, AusAID, Red Cross and VicHealth, with Carnivale visitors finding out more about volunteering opportunities and some signing up as members.
The event was organized and supported various local government agencies such as the Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID), Victorian Local Government Association, Victorian Council of Social Services, and Victorian Department of Justice; and civil society groups, namely, Conservation Volunteers, Vic Health, Australian Conservation Foundation, Volunteering Victoria, YMCA, Ethnic Communities Council of Victoria, Victorian Immigrant and Refugee Women’s Coalition and the Federation Square.