Bond University students making a difference with Project Preserve

Students at Bond have created a business called ‘Project Preserve’, with the aim to raise money for World Wide Fund for Nature.

The goal for Project Preserve is to protect and preserve endangered species by raising funds through the sale of the team’s beautifully crafted, limited-edition tote bags. They also accept donations. 100% of their profit is being donated to WWF and their efforts in restoring the wildlife affected by the Australian bushfires.

Project Preserve’s team is made up of Bond University Business students with diverse multicultural backgrounds. Team members include Alessandro Noseda, Alexandra Neacsu, Bryton Ale, Joey Donnelly, Khalid Alsalmi, Maryam Alzadjali, Melanie Sweeney, and Tristan Bourgeois.

Project Preserve member Alexandra explains “The designs were originally to represent endangered species, but with the devastation from the Australian bush fires we pivoted to produce artwork that showed our support was directly with those affected. As the semester has progressed, we have also brought back some of the endangered species designs, with all profits still going directly to WWF and their work in restoring and preserving the Australian wildlife that been affected. We have worked with local artists to help create the designs.”

Alexandra also outlines the key concepts involved in the project. They are AS Colour bags, sourced from Melbourne and are printed locally. As for the team’s goals relating to their fund raising, we are told that there has been significant progress so far.

“The Bond Business School generously provided the funds to help us pay for the production of the tote bags, we have now raised enough money to pay them back in full,” says Alexandra.

“This means every sale now, the entire sale price will be donated to WWF. Since breaking even we have made profits of $400, by the end of the project we are aiming for a total donation of over $2000. We have had multiple generous people not just purchase a bag but also donate.”

With the project running until the end of the month, Gold Coasters are encourage to help this group of young entrepreneurs work to make their difference count.

You can find more info about Project Preserve on their website here.

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