Get to know our Youth Board: Matt Akehurst

530 300 The Hunger Project Australia

Tell us a little bit about yourself.

I am 22-year-old Western Australian who moved to Sydney in 2015 to study at The University of Sydney. I’m currently in my final semester of a bachelor of commerce and science and have aspirations of studying medicine in 2021. Outside of my passion for the complexity of the human body I am a Sports fanatic, following the West Coast Eagles, Liverpool FC and the Australian Cricket team with passion and unwavering commitment.

Why did you choose to join THPA’s Youth Board?

I chose to join THPA’s Youth Board because it was a perfect opportunity for me to become involved with a charity whose philanthropic model I strongly believe in. Community-led development is an empowering and sustainable solution to poverty which is being demonstrated during COVID-19 as many international NGO’s have had to pull expats from their program countries. Further, engaging youth in philanthropy is a challenging yet rewarding task which makes working for the Youth Board a stimulating experience.

What is your highlight from being on the Youth Board so far?

My highlight from being on the Youth Board so far has been utilising my personal network
to initiate a partnership with 180 Degrees Consulting, world’s largest consultancy for non-profits and social enterprises.

Where do you see yourself in ten years?

In ten years I see myself as a practicing doctor, still engaged in the work of THP, still avidly supporting my sports teams and hopefully having made a lot of friends and contributed to the communities in which I’ve lived along the way.

Favourite quote?

“If a problem is fixable, if a situation is such that you can do something about it, then there is no need to worry. If it’s not fixable, then there is no help in worrying.” – The Dalai Lama


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