The Encouragement Foundation has teamed up with three University of
the Sunshine Coast public relations students to host an event which will
raise funds for the needy.
The team are working to support the critical work done by the Al Amal Institute for the Disabled's, Sweater and Wheat Program in Lebanon.
The Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides Fundraiser event
Founder of The Encouragement Foundation, John Shadforth says that the Al Amal Institute's program was designed to allow those with disabilities to help people who have been identified as being in need of food and clothing.
"Students of the Institute, people who are already challenged, purchase produce from local farmers with disabilities and then package and transport them to people who lack the basic essentials of life," Shadforth said,
"The students of the Institute also knit sweaters for those in need, it's just a fantastic program that encapsulates as much of the community as possible, which means that such small amounts of money, can make such profound differences."
University lecturer, Dr Heather Pavitt, says that this was the first time the University course had partnered with a local and international organisation for a humanitarian project.
"This will be a good challenge for the students which will allow them to use the expertise they have learnt through their studies on a real world project," Dr Pavitt said.
Student, Lydia Allen, says she was excited and grateful to be given the chance to not only challenge herself with a real world task but also help people who are worse off than her.
"We have put together a great event through which we hope to raise as much as possible to send over to the Sweater and Wheat Program," said Allen.
"100 per cent of the profits made from the event will go directly to the needy, and with only $80 needed to supply a person with enough grains for a year, we aim to get as many people in the program as possible."
The students have put together an event that coincides with the premier of The Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, and will also host a pre-movie function at the Pig N' Whistle.
The event is on the 19th of May at 6pm and tickets cost $35 which includes entry to the pre-event function and to the movie premier night.
Tickets are available to purchase now by calling 07 5450 2691.
Graphic top right: Encouraged: USC students, Lydia Allen, Aaron Wischusen and Chloe Miller team up with The Encouragement Foundation to raise funds (Pictured with fellow student/pirate Rhys Reynolds).
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