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Enactus team to take on the world after first national championship win

Friday, 08 July 2016

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A group of ECU students dedicated to volunteering in their local community will represent Australia at an international competition in Canada after being named national champions.

ECU’s students beat teams from the University of Sydney, Queensland University of Technology and the University of New South Wales in the final.

The team of 24 students spent thousands of hours volunteering on projects dedicated to assisting senior citizens with technology and reducing rubbish going to landfill.

Net University taught senior citizens the basics of using tablet technology in their everyday lives as well as how to use internet banking.

They also worked with cafes around Perth to make sure they were recycling waste and food scraps in a sustainable manner to reduce the amount of waste going to landfill and save money.

The team is part of the global Enactus organisation, an international student body that develops entrepreneurial projects to benefit local communities and ECU's team is run from the School of Business and Law.

Enactus ECU President Chaminda Ranasinghe said the team’s victory belonged to everyone involved in the team over the past few years.

“Thanks to the University and all of our business partners and to the past presidents and team members of Enactus who worked so hard on our projects.”

“All of our projects are ongoing so those people who were a part of the team previously deserve some of the credit as well.”

He also thanked the team’s advisors Janet Simmons, Industry Relationships Manager at the School of Business and Law and Vicki Hodgson as well as the team’s Business Advisory Board and ECU’s School of Business and Law.

For more information visit the Enactus ECU webpages.

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