A new fund set up at the suggestion of Lilly Luhrmann, daughter of film legend Baz Luhrmann, is helping international students affected by COVID-19.
Supported by the Queensland Government and the GIVIT online charity portal, the Study Queensland Luhrmann Appeal is gathering useful items and other kinds of support to help overseas students in Queensland.
Ms Luhrmann has been living and homeschooling on the Gold Coast with her family while father Baz directs his Elvis biopic (currently on hold due to COVID-19).
Speaking at the launch of the appeal in late May, the 16-year-old encouraged Queenslanders to donate what they could.
‘We are calling on Queenslanders to dig deep to support our international students with financial assistance, laptops, meal vouchers or internet data packages,’ she said.
‘I have been following the plight of international students and have been in touch with the team at Study Queensland to see how I can help.
‘As an international student myself, these are my friends.
‘I want to do what I can to help them during this difficult time.’
More than 80,000 international students are currently in Queensland, separated from family and their home countries. Some are far from home and unable to return home because of the pandemic.
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said families of international students could rest assured the students were being cared for.
‘These are mostly young people far from home and unable to get home because of the pandemic,’ the Premier said.
‘I want their parents to know their children are being looked after the same as we would want our children looked after if they were in another country.’
As well as supporting the Luhrmann Appeal, the Queensland Government is providing $15 million for a range of initiatives delivered as part of the Queensland International Student Crisis Assistance Package.
If you would like to donate to the appeal, visit the GIVIT page.