Folding Our Futures is a predominately University of Melbourne student-led charity founded in 2019. Our vision is to inspire local leaders in social impact, in hopes that they will transform our future communities. By introducing and promoting the UN 17 Sustainable Development Goals, we aim to inform the greater community of these aims to achieve a peaceful and prosperous future for all.
Since I was young, I have always wanted to leave something behind on this world that will always remain for the future generations.
Back in Year 9, after attending a World Vision conference about world hunger, I suddenly realised that perhaps, I could start something that will create a positive impact for the community. It didn’t have to be grand or big, just something permanent and impactful that reflected my wish for the future to be a better place. Something to leave behind, a gift for the world. It became obvious that the best way to create change – is to inspire others who will go on to inspire more people.
We believe that in nourishing the young people of today, we are cultivating the leaders, the innovators, the caretakers of tomorrow.
With love in our hearts and Folding our Future in our hands, we hope to create leaders of social impact and work together for a peaceful and prosperous future for all.
– Elizabeth Hu, Co-Founder & CEO
When I was 8, I was mucking around at school one day (typical) when I saw a young boy, my age, casting an isolated figure by the side of the playground. All I knew about him was that his name was Toby, he was an orphan, and he got a free meal a day from the teacher.
I didn’t know anything he’d been through. I didn’t know the extent of his struggles, until he stopped coming to school and I asked why. I was too stuck on my high horse to notice.
But over the years, I’ve realised how important it is for us to transcend and empower the disadvantaged. With Folding our Futures as my tool, I want to create a world that values love over fear and equality over disparity. I want to spend my life inspiring and empowering others. No matter what people say, we are all created equal. And we should embrace that.
-Jeffrey Xia, Co-founder