Canning Vale student has passion to make the world a better place


Shakira Donovan will fight poverty in New York. Picture: Jon Hewson     d470933
Shakira Donovan will fight poverty in New York. Picture: Jon Hewson d470933

A CANNING Vale university student who was born with a heart condition and has a passion to make the world a better place has secured an internship to New York’s Global Citizen.

Shakira Donovan said her mum was a HeartKids state manager who taught her to value serving and advocating for others.

Now a science student at UWA, majoring in psychology and tossing up whether to pursue psychology or medicine, Ms Donovan is excited and nervous about travelling to New York to help out at the Global Citizen Festival. The festival began in 2012 in Central Park and is a free ticketed event, but to secure tickets people need to be involved with the Global Citizen platform and earn points by taking actions to fight extreme poverty.

“The festival aims to raise funds and awareness for the United Nations’ fight against poverty and is closely aligned with the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals to be achieved by 2030,” Ms Donovan said.

“Even in Australia, millions of people are living below the poverty line, but there are plenty of ways that we can work towards positive change in our own communities by getting involved with local organisations.”

The 21-year-old applied for the internship through the McCusker Centre for Citizenship and was interviewed by Global Poverty Project staff.

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