• The University of Sydney

    Australia | In action since 2005

  • 60Students involved

  • 1Past WC appearances

Project Highlight:

Culinary Tales

Refugees from other nations are struggling to find work and connect with others in the Australian community. Enactus students from University of Sydney saw an opportunity to make a difference in the refugees’ experience. Through collaboration with their community, our team created Culinary Tales to empower refugees to share their stories with others in the wider community through the universal language of food. Refugees earn income and recount their narratives in cooking classes with the community, schools and local businesses, giving an opportunity for community members to learn about cultures other than their own.   

Impact(s): 550 people who attended culinary classes; 12 refugees

What’s next: Turning Culinary Tales into a self-sustaining business with wide outreach throughout Sydney and beyond.

 

This project advances these key Global Goals:

            

Team Profile:

Faculty advisor(s):
Andrew Lee

Volunteer hours invested in project:
1166

Our proudest moment of the past year:
Launching our new product.

Biggest challenge from the past year:
Concluding that a project wasn’t feasible and having to abandon it after putting six months of work into development.

Team described in one word:
United.

Get to Know Us:

Within three years of joining the Enactus club at her university, Sharon became one of the longest-serving team members as well as team Marketing Vice President.  “I was inspired by what older students had said about Enactus; namely it’s purpose of empowering communities through business,” says Sharon.  Enactus is a huge part of her life during her time at her university, and she says she finds her work with Enactus to be both challenging and rewarding. She plans to graduate in November 2018 with Bachelor of Commerce/Bachelor of Laws. 

More about Sharon:

  • What I’m reading: “When Breath Becomes Air,” by Paul Kalanithi 
  • Theme song: “Shake It Out” by Florence + the Machine  
  • Who inspires me: [Champion of education for girls and mental health, and the first female Prime Minister of Australia] Julia Gillard  
  • Enactus in one word:  Real. 
  • Best Enactus moment: “The euphoria of winning the National Competition after struggling to put together a presentation during our exam period.”  
  • In five years, I will be… “a proud Enactus alum, hopefully with a meaningful career and the same passion for making a change in society.” 

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When Rohan came to college he looked for ways to be a part of an organization that complemented his courses. A mentor suggested Enactus, and he was sold. “For me, what drew me in was the perfect marriage of helping others and entrepreneurial action,” says Rohan. “I wanted to create change, and I wanted it to be a lasting change.” After two years Rohan has become the Head of Human Resources for his team, and he says he hopes his experiences reflect the impact one person can make. Pursuing a Bachelor of Commerce (Eco)/Bachelor of Laws degree, he plans to graduate in 2020. 

 More about Rohan: 

  • What I’m reading: “Power Without Glory” by Frank Hardy 
  • Theme song: “Battle Scars” by Guy Sebastian 
  • Who inspires me:  Muhammad Ali  
  • Enactus in one word:  Change 
  • Best Enactus moment: “When our amazing president screamed as he did a cliff jump at a lagoon.” 
  • In five years, I will be… “fighting at the forefront of injustice and suffering.”

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