CQUni students rally behind poverty awareness on social media

Published:16 October 2018

CQUniversity is giving a voice to people suffering from poverty and hardship around Australia and the world through a student-driven social media campaign and hands-on activities during Anti-Poverty Week from 14 – 20 October.

CQUni’s Change Champions – a group of students who engage in activities that activate CQUni’s social innovation agenda – have designed a compelling online awareness campaign called #thinkaboutit which encourages people to consider their role in issues that affect people and our planet.

Check it out on Instagram @cquniversity .

The campaign will be active from October through to February with this month’s message around poverty.

The Anti-Poverty Week posts will be supported by face-to-face activities in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Rockhampton and Mackay, including screenings of the award-winning documentary Poverty, Inc, volunteering sessions packing meals for Zambrero’s outreach event Plate 4 Plate Day and events that encourage discussion and awareness of poverty in Australia.

As Australia’s only ‘Changemaker’ university campus, as appointed by AshokaU – an exclusive international network of universities committed to social innovation, entrepreneurship and impact –CQUniversity is committed to social innovation and encourages students to graduate with a social innovation mindset.

According to CQUniversity’s Director of Social Innovation, Associate Vice-Chancellor Lara Carton, CQUniversity’s ‘Changemaker’ strategic directions are closely linked to the United Nation’s sustainable development goals, especially in regards to poverty.

“It saddens me to know that despite Australia being one of the wealthiest countries in the world, there are large numbers of people that still suffer from poverty.

“There are about three million people in poverty here – more than 700 thousand of those are children.

“It’s important we as a university do something to raise awareness about this issue and to encourage our university community and others to take action, and I am impressed with the range of events that our Change Champions have developed,” said Ms Carton, who sits on the Anti-Poverty Week Victorian Steering Committee.

“We encourage people to get behind our #thinkaboutit campaign during Anti-Poverty Week by sharing our posts and getting behind the events scheduled for the week.

“The more people that are aware of the struggles of those facing poverty, the better placed we are to contribute to address entrenched disadvantage in various forms.”

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