Rare op­por­tu­nity

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Curtin University -

CURTIN Univer­sity grad­u­ate Marc Zen was one of three West Aus­tralians ac­cepted to at­tend the One Young World youth sum­mit in Dublin, which brought to­gether 1000 of the world’s best and bright­est young lead­ers to de­bate global is­sues.

The del­e­gates heard from speak­ers in­clud­ing for­mer United Na­tions sec­re­tary-gen­eral Kofi An­nan, for­mer Ir­ish Pres­i­dent and UN High Com­mis­sioner for Hu­man Rights Mary Robin­son, and Sir Bob Geldof.

“The sum­mit was such a great op­por­tu­nity to net­work and hear what other young peo­ple are do­ing around the world, to see what could be ap­plied here in Aus­tralia,” Mr Zen said.

The sci­ence grad­u­ate, who ma­jored in health pro­mo­tion, won the op­por­tu­nity through his vol­un­teer youth work; he has jug­gled full-time paid work in the health arena with men­tor­ing roles with the WA Aids Coun­cil and with Curtin’s new health pro­mo­tion stu­dents.

“Health un­der­pins ev­ery­thing else,” he said.

“If peo­ple can’t take good care of their health, they can’t do much else.

“I’m blessed with a good fam­ily, rel­a­tively well-off and with a world of op­por­tu­ni­ties.

“Not every­body wins that lot­tery at birth so I be­lieve we all need to do our bit to help oth­ers.”

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