RMIT University’s Indonesian students association is inspiring young Indonesians in Australia and the local communities to be the agents of change – one deed at a time. Tracy Pham shares her experience.
The smell of Indonesian cooking, sweets and barbecued meats filled my nose as I made my way through the Garudu Indonesian Street Festival at Victoria Market on the weekend. I was headed to the RMIT’s Indonesian Students’ Association Project O stall.
To my surprise, it was less of a stall and more of an impromptu dance party under one of the market’s covered areas. I could hear loud music and the chatter of at least a few hundred people, mostly students, dancing along to the jukebox beats. There were students dressed up as iPods and boom boxes and everyone looked like they were having fun.
As I quickly found out, I had stumbled into Jukebox – an event organised by the Indonesian Students’ Association’s Project O: Ignite team, which supports Indonesian children with special needs attain a better future through education and learning programs, and creates pathways for young Indonesians in Australia and the local communities to be the agents of change.
As part of Ignite, Project O has a daily deeds campaign that encourages people to do positive things in order to make the world a happier place.
I thought the Victoria Market event definitely brought a bit of happiness to a Melbourne Sunday afternoon, but I had to ask, why music?
The Project O team believes that music has the power to dramatically change someone’s mood. Through the power of music, they strove to cheer up as many people as possible at the event by providing them their favorite picks of tunes.
Project O has successfully delivered outstanding events and charity projects for two consecutive years and they say Ignite will hopefully be no different. The project will continue from now until August 2013 and you can find out more about it on their Facebook page.