Efforts by The University of Notre Dame Australia student, Eva Muilenburg, to bring empathy and compassion to communities at home and abroad were rewarded twice at the recent West Australian Government’s annual Achiever Awards.
Eva, who is in her second-year of study at the University’s School of Education, was presented with both the University Achiever Award and the Community Spirit Award – and total prize money of $5,000.
The University Achiever Award recognises young people, aged 15 to 25, who have been in the care of the Department of Communities and are pursuing further education or training.
The Community Spirit Award recognises those who have gone above and beyond through volunteerism or leadership.
Eva has joined, organised and co-lead mission trips abroad since 2013 and has raised more than $50,000 – including $17,000 for Tacloban, Philippines which was devastated by Typhoon Yolanda in 2013, another $12,000 for Tacloban in 2017 to help them continue rebuilding and $12,000 in 2018 for an early learning centre in Siaya County, Kenya.
After working at a school for at-risk children, Eva decided to pursue teaching, majoring in Humanities and Social Sciences (HASS), finding the experience fulfilling and a “perfect fit,” with her earlier studies.
“I’m especially passionate about history and enabling students to empathise with what happened in the past,” Eva said.
“Students facing difficult family situations can always turn to amazing historical figures, like Martin Luther King Jr or Anne Frank and how, regardless of adversity, they persevered and made a difference.”
“Education is never just academic, it’s about how you apply it to life and become better citizens.”
Photo: Eva Muilenburg, second-year Education student.
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