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Congratulations, Jessica!

Congratulations to Jessica Kitchen, President of Burwood’s VGen Deakin University club, who has been accepted by V Gen Australia to visit Uganda in September!

"Through my involvement with VGen at Deakin University I was introduced to the VGen Coordinator for Victoria and advice about these amazing opportunities to experience what world vision does in developing countries.

I have always been interested in Africa and so I applied for the trip to Uganda. From the 14-27 of September I will be going with World Vision to Uganda. We will be travelling to central Uganda where we will discuss World Vision projects with staff and community members who benefit from these projects.

This experience will hopefully give me the chance to increase my knowledge and understanding of the everyday issues confronting those living in developing countries which will empower me to make a positive, long-term impact in Uganda as well as my own community. In particular we will be visiting education, economic development and health projects to see what is being done in this area."
- Jessica Kitchen
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Interested in FairTrade? Join Deakin's VGen club!

What is VGen? VGen (Vision Generation) is an Australia-wide grassroots youth movement connected with World Vision. VGen members are 15-25 year olds who aim to inspire, educate and empower young people to respond to social injustice and poverty throughout the world.You can find out more about what VGen does by visiting their website.

VGen Deakin runs cabinets selling fair-trade items at the Natural 1 Cafe at Waurn Ponds; these will also be introduced to the Waterfront and Burwood in the coming months.

VGen Deakin also supports support Thabiso Siile, a 4 year old boy from Lesotho. People in Lesotho's population live on less than $1.25 a day - as a result, one-quarter of children aged below three have stunted growth due to malnourishment.

Why get involved? Through Deakin's VGen club, you can get involved with fundraising, education, social awareness and action! Joining VGen is a fantastic opportunity to use your talents for a worthwhile cause - you don't need experience, just a passion to make a difference!

VGen also provides you with an opportunity to add to your CV, as corporate social responsibility is at the forefront of most businesses today. It is not a demanding or time consuming role but the rewards are extensive!

How to get involved: Contact Ally Wimmer to join or more information!

Deakin University's FairTrade Accreditation

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Deakin University was granted Fair Trade accreditation in 2012. It is the 7th University in Australia to be accredited. To commemorate the event an official launch was held in October 2012, opened by the Vice Chancellor. Students studying Creating Sustainable Futures also took part by developing a YouTube clip all about FairTrade at Deakin. Check out their great work.

What does this mean for Deakin?

Download the following fact sheet (187 KB) about Deakin's accreditation and future plans for FairTrade.

Deakin University acknowledges the traditional land owners of present campus sites.

5th July 2013