Throughout COVID-19 many students have faced a scary and uncertain future. They have lost employment and many have limited access to financial support.
Geelong student and DUSA Student Councillor – Saipraneeth Reddy realised this inequity and has been out and about running a grocery distribution drive in his local community, delivering much-needed support to his fellow peers.
Saipraneeth says “I was unsure how I could give a helping hand, but I knew that the most effected where the students who are away from home and have limited access to support and necessities. I was made aware of this situation and was inspired to start a groceries distribution drive for all my fellow students.”
The drive supports students by providing them with basic grocery necessities to ensure students have access to a healthy home cooked meal. It has been inspiring to see so many Deakin students reaching out to help others in their local communities during this difficult time. “We’re all in this together, I know this is only a small step but I believe every bit counts and I hope this can inspire others to help out too,” he says.
Any student currently in distress is encouraged to reach out to the DUSA Advocacy team for referral and assistance. They can assist students struggling financially and academically and point you in the right direction toward the resources and programs you need most. They will be able to assess your situation and refer you to providers who are best suited to help you and your circumstance.