Who are you thankful for? As part of our month-long 'Say thanks' campaign, we're inviting you to say thanks to people who have made a difference in your life.
Take the next few minutes to show gratitude to someone who's helped you through the year and we will donate to a selected charity or support group on their behalf.
La Trobe University is incredibly proud to have a number of distinguished alumni who have founded charities dedicated to helping others. All of our participating charities have been established in part or in full by La Trobe alumni.
Asylum Seeker Resource Centre
The Asylum Seeker Resource Centre (ASRC) is the largest provider of aid, advocacy and health services for asylum seekers in Australia. It delivers services to asylum seekers through its food and aid network, counselling and casework programs. Since 2001, the organisation has helped over 10,000 asylum seekers and delivers 25 unique programs through a team of 50 staff members and more than 950 volunteers.
Founder Kon Karapanagiotidis OAM is an alumnus of the La Trobe Law School, which is renowned for its commitment to social justice and community engagement. Kon's work with the ASRC has been acknowledged with multiple awards including an Order of Australia Medal, a La Trobe University Distinguished Alumnus Award and a Churchill Fellowship.
Learn to Live
Learn to Live is a humanitarian organisation that provides healthcare and education to communities by promoting self-sustaining practices.The organisation visited North Sulawesi in July 2014 to run healthcare clinics, build rainwater collection systems and introduce an environmental curriculum into the local schools.
Founder and La Trobe nursing alumna Yanti Turang was inspired to create the initiative after losing Indonesian family members to preventable diseases.
Bendigo for Homeless Youth
Bendigo for Homeless Youth is a charity that aims to fund a community housing project and tackle the issue of youth homelessness. The foundation is run by a dedicated group of young people and raises money through events including live music festivals, family friendly events and music albums.
The organisation was founded by Luke Owen, who is a La Trobe education student. He received the 2013 Pride of Australia Young Leader medal and was also a guest speaker at the 2013 Next Generation Youth Forum.
Bully Zero Australia Foundation
Bully Zero Australia Foundation is dedicated to protecting and empowering the community to lead lives free from the harmful effects of bullying. Launched by Prime Minister Julia Gillard in 2013, the foundation raises awareness of bullying and its consequences by engaging with schools, workplaces and the broader community. They also campaign for anti-bullying laws to be implemented and enforced at a national level.
Spearheading the creation of this foundation was Oscar Yildiz JP, a former Mayor of the City of Moreland and a La Trobe alumnus. He is a passionate campaigner against bullying. In 2012, he won the Australian Local Government Award in Canberra for his anti-bullying work.
Be the difference
La Trobe graduates transform lives, communities and businesses.They help improve the lives of other people by working in areas including physiotherapy, education, biology and midwifery.
Read about how La Trobe graduates make an impact in their community and find out how you can be the difference.