Local 19-year-old WA bright star Anusuya Krishnan has been volunteering ripples of hope to the increasing number of HIV-positive infected children in Nepal on a two-month program timing it perfectly before she commences her studies at Gold Coast’s Bond University on her Bartercard Scholarship which she was officially awarded last week.
Anusuya has been volunteering her time at Manisha Singh Punarjeevan Niwash (MSPN) Centre which is an educational centre focusing on the issues of children living with HIV and AIDS. According to Anusuya there is an increasing need to promote HIV awareness and prevention worldwide especially in rural Nepal.
“I was inspired to go and offer help in Nepal after reading about The Sold Project which is a global initiative to stop human trafficking. I learnt how young girls are sold by their fathers completely oblivious to the consequences and circumstances of HIV infection,” Anusuya said.
“Although two months can seem like two days, being at MSPN has made me feel like I’ve made a difference; perhaps only miniscule but all it takes is a tiny ripple of hope to eventually build a current that will help make these children’s dreams a reality,” she said.
Anusuya graduated from International School of Western Australia this year and was one of six Bartercard Scholarship winners. She is looking forward to joining Bond University in January next year ready to begin her Bachelor of Law and International studies. Her ambition is to pursue a career in the Human Rights sector.
According to Bond University Regional Manager Tom Betts, Anusuya’s achievements to date were exemplary. She was nominated Vice President of the National Honour Society in the International School of Western Australia in 2010 and was admitted for membership in the National Society of High School Scholars by the Chairman of the Nobel Prize family which is an outstanding accomplishment.
Worth a combined total of $300,000 in tuition fees, the Bartercard Scholarship rewards the children of Bartercard Members, employees, Franchisees and staff.
“We always get excited at this time of the year with the chance to recognise and reward young leaders and also make a difference to some of the families who’ve been great supporters of Bartercard over the years,” said Trevor Dietz, Director of Bartercard Australia.
“The quality of students was very high again this year and we are delighted to provide this Scholarship to Anusuya, which will no doubt positively influence her future endeavours,” Trevor said.
About the Bartercard Scholarship
Five criteria for the Bartercard Scholarship are 1) Students who are children of Bartercard members and/or their employees, Bartercard franchisees and/or employees, and/or Bartercard Australia employees; 2) Students currently completing Year 12 at an Australian secondary school; 3) Strong academic performance with As/Bs or VHAs/HAs on Year 11-12 school reports; 4) Strong leadership skills; and 5) Extensive involvement in extra-curricular activities.
Bartercard was founded in 1991 on the Gold Coast, Queensland, and has grown to become the world’s largest barter exchange, with over 40 offices around Australia. Bartercard assists approximately 20,000 businesses in Australia (55,000 around the world) to barter their goods and services – without the challenge of a direct swap.
Although the concept of barter is thousands of years old, bartering through Bartercard is an innovative way of combining modern technology, a network of businesses and direct and indirect marketing channels to increase a business’ customer base, sales and profit, and improve cashflow.
About Bond University
Bond University is Australia’s first private, not-for-profit University, offering a personalised academic environment to students from all over the world. Good Universities Guide has rated the University five stars for student satisfaction and graduate outcomes for five years running.
With access to unparalleled academic and technological resources on Bond’s world-class Gold Coast campus, students thrive in smaller study groups where eminent professors and industry-experienced lecturers know them by name.
By undertaking three semesters per year instead of the usual two, graduates finish their studies sooner. Combine this advantage with Bond’s commitment to opening doors to global employers and it becomes clear that students graduate with a clear competitive advantage over their public university peers.