Students give hope to girl with epilepsy
Date posted: Tuesday 15 Jun 2010
A carpentry class of migrant students at Swinburne TAFE has made a girl with chronic epilepsy smile by donating two cubby houses to her.
Ten-year-old Alexia Charstone and her parents were thrilled with the gift – they received one cubby house for Alexia to use, and another to be auctioned off to provide financial assistance.
Students from Burma, Russia, Iran and Italy built the cubby houses over the 11 week course at Swinburne TAFE’s Croydon campus, which they graduated from on 10 June.
They chose to support Alexia after an appeal was published in the Maroondah Leader seeking assistance from the community to buy her medical supplies and a seizure alarm dog.
The carpentry course at Swinburne TAFE’s School of Engineering, Technology and Trades was designed to provide recently arrived migrants with a range of skills.
The Department of Immigration and Citizenship funded the course, which focused on practical carpentry expertise while also teaching workplace communication, job seeking skills and English for carpentry.
Outcomes for the students have been very positive – fourteen of the fifteen students have gone on to further study at Swinburne, while one student has found employment with a carpentry company.