The Curtin Student Guild has received funding of $50,000 from the McGowan Government’s Lotterywest COVID-19 Relief Fund to provide support to students experiencing hardship as a result of the pandemic.
The Guild is receiving up to 100 applications a week for crisis food aid packs from students in need. The majority are coming from international students who have been unable to return home, have lost their jobs and are not eligible for the JobKeeper program.
The food aid packages are filled with staple items and other necessities to the value of $50 and are delivered to the students by volunteers.
The McGowan Government, through Lotterywest, has committed $159 million to the COVID-19 Relief Fund to assist members of the Western Australian community significantly impacted by COVID-19.
For more information about Lotterywest programs, visit https://www.lotterywest.wa.gov.au
As stated by Citizenship and Multicultural Interests Minister Paul Papalia:
“Since the onset of COVID-19, the Curtin Student Guild has seen an unprecedented rise in the number of students seeking assistance.
“These requests for help are mainly related to international students in exceptional circumstances and the State Government is pleased to assist the Guild to provide this much-needed help.
“WA’s international students are an important part of our multicultural community and I applaud the work of the Curtin Student Guild in providing support at this challenging time.”