ASB Young Alumni 'angels' program launches to engage community

Tuesday, 7 May 2013  Features

The ASB Young Alumni Committee have this Anzac day launched a new program as part of their suite of activities designed to engage 'young' ASB graduates under 30 years of age. The new ASB Young Alumni Angels Program (YAA) sees alumni get involved in worthy community events and causes by volunteering their time and skills.

On ANZAC day, a group of young ASB Alumni volunteered at 'The Coloured Digger', an event coordinated by the Babana Aboriginal Men's Group to celebrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander ex-service men and women. ASB alumnus and YAA Project Leader, Eugene Kwek approached Rebecca Harcourt, ASB's Program Manager for Indigenous Business Education, for ideas about the group's first community event and this lead to a meeting with Babana.

"The Coloured Digger ANZAC Day March represented a great opportunity for ASB Young Alumni to not only volunteer, but also honour and recognise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander servicemen and women", said Eugene.

"Our volunteers Daniel Alizadeh, Doug Sibika and Chloe Yu spent the day arranging the venue, ushering the march, handing out meat pies and cleaning up. It was a rewarding experience for all involved to be able to participate in such a significant event attended by many in the wider community."

More than 250 people attended the event including NSW Governor Her Excellency Professor Marie R Bashir, AC CVO; Sydney Lord Mayor Clover Moore; the Hon. Tanya Plibersek MP; and the Hon. Victor Dominello MP Minister for Citizenship and Communities and Minister for Aboriginal Affairs. 2013 'Local Hero' Australian of the year, Shane Phillips gave the Welcome to Country.

Many UNSW students, staff and alumni from Nura Gili, Muru Marri Indigenous Health Unit - Faculty of Medicine, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, the Australian School of Business and the Faculty of Law participated in the day. ASB's Associate Dean, Education, Dr Loretta O'Donnell laid the wreath of thanks at the ceremony.

ASB undergraduate student Sarah Hyland personally assisted the NSW Governor on the day, while fellow ASB undergraduate student Owen Walsh played didgeridoo during the ceremony.

Eugene said the ASB Young Alumni Committee is looking forward to expanding the Young Alumni Angels Program to include similar community events and causes. "The team believes that all young alumni have the potential to make a positive impact in our community, and this program will provide the bridge to connect charitable causes and volunteers", he said.

The YAA will next be volunteering at the Sydney Children's Hospital Foundation's Gold Event on May 16th.
To read more about The Coloured Digger event and UNSW's Indigenous news, read the latest issue of Nura Gili News.