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ECU students put theory into practice to boost new WA charity

Monday, 01 June 2009

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Business students from Edith Cowan University (ECU) are using their knowledge to help one of Perth's newest charities, the Love Angels Foundation, expand its services.

The Love Angels Foundation began as a unique way for Australian kids to help others in third-world countries, and learn the core values of humanity, compassion and kindness.

Set up by Ros Worthington OAM, the Love Angels Foundation encourages children to decorate Love Angels cards and sell them to family and friends to raise money for children in need.

A team of eight ECU business students has been working hard on a business plan for the next step in growing the organisation, the Love Angels Learning Centre.

The Love Angels Learning Centre is designed to teach children about leadership, philanthropy and volunteer work, and to provide professional development in social responsibility and leadership for corporate groups.

The project is a great opportunity for the students to develop workplace skills and put their enthusiasm and up-to-date knowledge to good use.

Over the first half of this year, Andy Tanujaya, Benjamin Kimani, Bruno Ribeiro, Cheryl Bristol, Kit To, Sebastian Luxa, Tife Banda and Yu Nomura have been working with Ms Worthington to develop a working blueprint for the Learning Centre to ensure the organisation is able to reach its potential.

Once the plan is complete, it will be presented to representatives from the construction and trade services industries to help gain in-kind support.

The Love Angels Learning Centre is the third charity that Ms Worthington has set up in WA, following the Make-A-Wish Foundation and the Breast Cancer Foundation of WA.

Ms Worthington said she has been amazed by the professionalism of the students and their hard work over such a short period of time.

"My dream of building a Love Angels Learning Centre in Perth is going to happen a lot quicker due to their help," she said

ECU Vice-Chancellor, Professor Kerry Cox said that ECU supports the sharing of knowledge and expertise to enable the community to prosper.

"ECU has a strong commitment to fostering mutually beneficial and productive relationships with our community," he said.

"I'm sure this is just the beginning of a long and successful partnership with the Love Angels Project."

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