Alannah Asia bound

By Tara Whitsed

There is no doubt Shepparton’s Alannah Perry will make an impact on the world.

The Year 11 Notre Dame College student was recently one of 16 selected from 400 youth to attend UN Youth Australia’s Emerging Leaders Program.

The program sees the 16 students attend an overseas trip to Asia on an 18-day tour to learn about the shifting paradigms in the globalised world.

Alannah said she became involved with UN Youth Australia after attending a Victorian Youth Conference earlier this year.

With about 200 students in attendance, Alannah signed up to the not-for-profit organisation’s mailing list.

Run entirely by youth, UN Youth Australia is an educational organisation dedicated to providing opportunities to talk about global affairs as well as matters that affect young people throughout the country and the world.

Alannah said she applied for the program along with 400 other students, and went through three stages to be selected for the camp.

Just one of two regional Victorian students selected, Alannah said the group had already been chatting via social media and was eager to take off on New Year’s Eve this year.

Visiting Japan, South Korea and China, Alannah said they would reach out to different groups along the way to discuss global matters.

‘‘For example last year they did a Europe trip and while they were there they got to meet with a far right group,’’ she said.

The life-changing experience brings together like-minded students who are all passionate about making positive change, either globally or within their own communities.

Alannah has already worked toward change in her own community of Shepparton, having joined the Lighthouse Project’s youth advisory table earlier this year.

And the 17-year-old has big dreams of using the skills developed for her future career pathway.

‘‘I want to work in international relations or do some kind of diplomacy work,’’ she said.

‘‘I’d love to work for an international organisation like Amnesty International or the United Nations.’’

Alannah is working towards raising $5000 for the program, which will cover her flights, accommodation, transport, some catering, travel insurance and all educational activities.

‘‘I am looking for sponsors, but anything I don’t get I’ll cover myself,’’ she said.

If you would like to sponsor Alannah on her journey, phone her father Roger Perry on 0437541078.