THREE young entrepreneurs have collaborated with charities as part of the John Curtin Leadership Academy (JCLA).
JCLA is a Curtin University undergraduate program that aims to develop future leaders with community values and connect them to not-for-profit organisations.
Trigg resident Chanel Bowen and Churchlands resident Joycelyn Tang organised an event for Opportunity International that raised $1600.
“Opportunity International is a not-for-profit that gives loans to small business in developing countries so essentially it’s micro-financing for people in poverty,” Ms Bowen said. “We wanted people our own age to spread the word about how they can help people in poverty by giving them a loan rather than just giving them a handout.”
Ms Bowen, who is studying a double degree in film and commerce, said working with not-for-profit organisations would help with her future endeavours.
“I’ve always wanted to work in international development and use filmmaking as a platform for that,” she said.
Ms Tang is a law student and said she aimed to get involved in human rights law.
Karrinyup resident Robert Ferritto organised a charity concert for WA Organ Donation and Transplant Foundation and managed to raise $4500 for the cause.
“At the concert, we had two speakers, one who was waiting for a double lung transplant and one whose daughter died when she was 11 months old and she decided to donate her organs,” he said.
“It’s a really great opportunity to educate, raise awareness and hopefully encourage people to donate.”
The chemical engineering student said he would like to apply for a Rhodes Scholarship.
“I’m doing chemical engineering and economics but the main goal is to be able to use that to help people in some way,” he said.