A group Griffith students, dedicated to helping their local community through empowerment projects, will this week showcase their efforts on the national stage.
On July 7-9 the Griffith University Enactus team will promote their key not-for-profit projects at the National Enactus Conference in Melbourne in the hope of winning the championships, which could see them head to South Africa later this year.
But for students like Katelyn Pomroy it isn’t all about winning.
“Volunteering for me isn’t about boosting your resume, I find I get more out of it than I realise,” The Bachelor of Forensic Science/Bachelor Criminology and Criminal Justice student said.
“It doesn’t feel like work because you know you are doing it for a good cause.”
Enactus is an international non-profit organisation that brings together student, academic and business leaders who are committed to using the power of entrepreneurial action to improve quality of life and standard of living for people in need.
Griffith Enactus, which is part of the Honours College, saw 142 students commit to more than 3000 volunteer hours.
Katelyn, the team’s Vice President of Community Spirit and incoming President, said the group has been involved in three main projects during the last 12 months.
Mentors in Violence Prevention
Griffith Enactus team is involved with a program that seeks to equip people with the skills needed to confront, interrupt or prevent violence against women.
Gokanosho: Lost in Time
The Enactus team partnered with the Griffith Film School to bid for a short term mobility grant through the New Colombo Plan, to send students to Japan to create a film, which has since been selected for a number of film festivals including Cannes.
Community Garden volunteering
The team installed a water tank and a garden for the disabled at Beerlarong Community Farm in Brisbane. Volunteer work at the farm is ongoing.
At last year’s National Enactus Conference the Griffith team won the Spirit of Enactus award.
If you would like to be part of the Mentors for Violence Provention student club please contact Lizzie Dowrie.