Last year on Remembrance Day, April 25th, applications for the RSL Youth Development program grant opened. This is a program that offers grants of up to $5000 to Year 10 and Year 11 Queensland students, and is supported by RSL Queensland and Bond University. The RSL is an organization that supports current and ex-serving members of the Australian Defence Force.
The application process was a long one and included many different parts, such as planning a project that would receive a money grant if successful. My project was to help the elderly connect with technology and at the same time, support them in their homes. This would include volunteers helping them in their use of phones, emails and the Internet, and at the same time, checking on them to provide care and support.
I was fortunate enough to be one of 200 students to receive a grant of $2500.
I am looking forward to attending a formal awards evening and a leadership forum in March. I found the overall experience very useful and it was an incredible opportunity. I would like to thank my local RSL sub-branch and the school for their support throughout my application process.
Lakshana Boominathan, Year 11 Student