Australian Catholic University and the Order of Malta have formed a partnership to help groups experiencing disadvantage and marginalisation.
Through the alliance, ACU students will expand community engagement placement opportunities with a range of Order of Malta programs, including Community Care Vans for people experiencing homelessness, the Coats for the Homeless initiative and camps for people with a disability.
Order of Malta volunteers will also participate in ACU-led community engagement initiatives. The Order of Malta and ACU are planning to collaborate on a co-led community hub that connects ACU staff, students, and Order of Malta members to engagement where it is most needed.
“The Order of Malta’s mission to alleviate the suffering of the poor and sick, without judgment, distinction of religion, race or political persuasion is in perfect alignment with our own mission,” ACU national community engagement manager Matthew Pink said.
“This is just the beginning. It’s exciting to imagine what impact this partnership can have working with those in the community who’ve experienced disadvantage and social injustice,” Dr Pink said.
Order of Malta’s President James Douglas said, “By combining the efforts, enthusiasm and expertise of our two organisations there is a wonderful opportunity to provide sustainable initiatives and emergency response activities that will make a tangible difference to the lives of those in need.”
The MOU steering group will begin meeting this month to formally begin the partnership’s work.