26 Aug 2016

Congratulations to Robert Gillies for being one of 2016 JCI Ten Outstanding Young Persons of the World

Robert Gillies, Year 5 medical student
Congratulations to Robert Gillies for being one of 2016 JCI Ten Outstanding Young Persons of the World!
Robert Gillies is a Year 5 Monash Medical student and has officially been voted as one of the JCI 10 Outstanding Young Persons of the World. He is the only awardee from Australia! The awards will be made on 3 November 2016.

You can read about Robbie and the other recipients at: http://www.jci.cc/news/2129/Announcing+the+2016+JCI+TOYP+Honorees or see excerpt below.
Robert made the top ten for his humanitarian and/or voluntary leadership.

After witnessing the complexity of homelessness, Gillies co-founded the ‘HoMie Street Store’ to address local poverty in Melbourne. HoMie is a street-wear clothing store that clothes, trains and employs individuals experiencing homelessness, with the mission to provide a pathway out of homelessness. To further this impact, HoMie also runs the ‘Homeless of Melbourne’ online advocacy program, which promotes a positive social movement for change by de-stigmatizing and humanizing homelessness. Gillies is also the Co-Founder of Dream Larger, a charity that works to disrupt the cycle of poverty in low-income countries through the encouragement of strong indigenous leadership, and Charity Tap, which is enabling hospitality businesses in Melbourne to raise money effortlessly for poverty-relief projects. Through his humanitarian work and voluntary leadership, Gillies is creating a more inclusive community, reducing social prejudice, empowering the homeless to re-integrate into the workplace and helping battle global homelessness through targeted and creative solutions.

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