Aquinas Campus engaging and impacting upon Ballarat
Published: Monday 27th March 2017
Recently, more than 200 citizens of Ballarat came together at the Regent cinema in Lydiard Street to celebrate and promote the impact that ACU’s Clemente program continues to make upon the community.
The occasion was a showing of the moving film I, Daniel Blake. It deals with the plight of the poor in modern Britain, and focuses on the titular character’s experiences of the welfare system, and his friendship with a young single mother. The film has been enormously successful, being recognised at the 2016 British Academy Film Awards and Cannes Film Festival.
The audience included Clemente Ballarat students, staff from the organisations who have come together to deliver - ACU, Federation University, Centacare, The Smith Family, United Way and the City of Ballarat - as well as members of the general public.
The Clemente program is now in its tenth year in Ballarat. In that time it has helped to transform the lives of local people facing disadvantage, and developed a network of important relationships between students, teachers, volunteers and local organisations. It has been a very visible [presence of ACU’s Identity and Mission in Ballarat across a decade. The success of the evening means that the possibility of making it a regular event is being investigated.
In engaging with local resources in new ways a vision to assist the poor and marginalized continues to be realised and in doing so both reflects the strategic directions of ACU and makes the University a more inclusive tertiary presence within a rural regional community.