Stu­dent off to Cam­bo­dia

Matamata Chronicle - - News -

For­mer Mata­mata Col­lege stu­dent Is­abelle Ather­ton has been in­vited to at­tend the Univer­sity Schol­ars Lead­er­ship Sym­po­sium in Ph­nom Penh, Cam­bo­dia, in Au­gust.

Ather­ton and six other Waikato Man­age­ment School stu­dents, in­clud­ing for­mer Wardville res­i­dent Nathan Orr, will at­tend the an­nual event, which is hosted by Hu­man­i­tar­ian Af­fairs (UK). The sym­po­sium is de­signed to pro­vide the next gen­er­a­tion of lead­ers with an un­der­stand­ing of key sus­tain­able devel­op­ment chal­lenges and the skills to over­come them.

The sym­po­sium will bring to­gether 1000 of the world’s dy­namic stu­dent ac­tivists in the field of sus­tain­able devel­op­ment. It of­fers an op­por­tu­nity to net­work with lead­ers from all over the world and learn the skills of so­cial en­trepreneur­ship.

‘‘This sym­po­sium brings to­gether fu­ture lead­ers who are chang­ing the world and I want to be one of those peo­ple,’’ Ather­ton said.

Ac­com­pa­ny­ing Ather­ton and Orr is Me­gan Bur­ton- Brown, Adelle Stead, Greg John­ston, Jamie Car­son and Gina Mili­cich. They are mo­ti­vated and pas­sion­ate about so­cial change and the sym­po­sium will em­power them to cre­ate events, con­duct relief pro­grammes and par­tic­i­pate in global ac­tion.

Del­e­gates can par­tic­i­pate in the Voice in So­cial Change chal­lenge; a con­test to turn so­cial devel­op­ment pro­pos­als into a re­al­ity. The team has sub­mit­ted a pro­posal that will help ad­dress the plight of poverty world­wide. The win­ning team will re­ceive close men­tor­ship for 12 months and a cash grant of up to USD$5000 to launch its pro­posal.

The team is look­ing for com­mu­nity sup­port to at­tend this event.

Con­tact Is­abelle at is­abel­leather­ton@hot­mail.com, if you are in­ter­ested or able to help them through spon­sor­ship. Di­rect do­na­tions can also be made via givealit­tle.co.nz//cause/lead­er­ship­sym­po­sium.

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SYM­PO­SIUM: For­mer Mata­mata Col­lege stu­dent Is­abelle Ather­ton.

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