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China-Australia Youth given chance to Shine

By Xinyi Li (People's Daily Online)    18:53, February 28, 2015

Sydney, Feb. 27, (People's Daily Online)--- The inaugural China Australia Millennial Project (CAMP) leaders have been unveiled for the first time in Sydney at a Chinese New Year celebration hosted by Westpac.

CAMP is quickly gaining momentum as the premier, and certainly the most original, youth-driven event to connect with and understand what is now being called the China Dream.

Already backed by the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, the state (NSW) Government and VIVID Sydney, CAMP partners with Westpac, the latest heavy-hitting corporate leader, aiming to unite the best young innovators - aged 18 to 35 years - from across China and Australia to engage young leaders across both countries and provide a platform to connect, do business and solve problems.

Westpac can boast a long history as Australia's first and oldest bank and certainly brings a wealth of knowledge and innovative best-practice to a project that is all about mentoring.

CAMP CEO, Founder and ‘Chief Instigator,’ Andrea Myles, said that Westpac was the keystone to turning vision into reality.

“CAMP aims to bring together some of the brightest young minds from China and Australia to form a collaborative ‘hothouse’ to develop creative solutions to potentially universal problems,” she said.

Damien MacRae, Westpac’s General Manager Premium Banking who has joined CAMP’s advisory board to provide that edge in strategic direction and commercial insight said, “I’m looking forward to meeting with young leaders from CAMP, who will create a blueprint for bilateral relations and help Australia and China develop strong bonds between our leading talent to drive change."

CAMP will kick off in an explosion of light and color at Sydney’s legendary VIVID Festival of Ideas in June.

Lucy Jakubowski-Laxon, a 22-year-old Australian CAMP delegate in the Arts and Culture ThinkTank, has just completed a music degree at UNSW and is a classically trained singer.

She says, “CAMP - as a platform – is providing the inspiring possibility that my generation has of transforming Australia's future. It's enabling us to build relationships and businesses with China.”

CAMP applications are open to Australian and Chinese citizens living both within Australia and China who believe they possess the drive, passion and willingness to expand their horizons required to successfully participate in the program.

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