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Students in Free Enterprise meet to make a difference

Thursday, 29 July 2010

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A group of five students from the ECU Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) chapter journeyed to Melbourne on Tuesday, 8 July to take part in the SIFE Conference.

SIFE is an international organisation that encourages students to utilise a business savvy and entrepreneurial approach to economic, social and environmental issues to empower people in need. The conference provided a chance for national teams to present their projects to a panel of judges.

The ECU SIFE chapter has been working diligently all year on a set of four projects, including the Let’s Can Hunger challenge, which involves collecting money and donations for people in need, and the Love Angels Foundation, which works with Australian school children to raise money for underprivileged children.

Faculty of Business and Law Workplace Opportunities Coordinator, Ms Nadine Pearce congratulated the team on their efforts over the three-day conference.

“The team was relatively small and inexperienced, and were up against some very established chapters with more than 100 members and projects that have spanned over several years.”  

“The ECU students certainly held their own and the feedback they received from the SIFE judges was very positive. The students were very professional, passionate, and above all were fantastic ambassadors for the University in a national forum,” said Ms Pearce.

“The conference provided students with the opportunity to work with industry leaders, and see first-hand some of the life-changing projects presented by other SIFE teams, providing students with inspiration to further grow the chapter at ECU.”

For more information visit the SIFE website.

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