Wodonga TAFE VCAL students win at state-wide StreetShot competition

Wodonga TAFE VCAL students win at state-wide StreetShot competition

By Susan Burdett
02 Aug 2017
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VCAL students win StreetShot 2017

Wodonga TAFE VCAL students were announced as winners in StreetShot, a state-wide video and photography competition raising awareness about potentially deadly viral hepatitis, on Friday 28 July.

Sixteen Wodonga TAFE VCAL students and their teacher Lana Hanssens traveled to Melbourne to be announced as winners for their music video ‘Hep-Cya’, which focuses on the risks to young people of hepatitis C and features the refrain, ‘Protect yourself’.

Wodonga TAFE youth worker and local hip-hop artist, Josh Lovett, helped students produce the music video, which was judged best among 52 entries representing 60 young people from 10 institutions.

The students also won an award for ‘most outstanding group photograph.’

winner of group photograph for StreetShot 2017

‘Our VCAL students should be very proud of what they have achieved,’ said Wodonga TAFE CEO Mark Dixon.

‘Their success is not only a message to young people of how powerful their voices can be in building awareness of important issues, but is also a reminder to the rest of us that we need to give youth the platforms to speak and be heard.’

‘Winning these awards is another feather in the cap of Wodonga TAFE’s VCAL program. What our VCAL teachers have been able to achieve with the program and their students is truly outstanding.’

‘The StreetShot exhibition is vital to raising awareness among young people, and to addressing the stigma and discrimination that can be deadly barriers to people seeking help with viral hepatitis,’ said Melanie Eagle, CEO of Hepatitis Victoria.

Hepatitis B and C together cause nearly six deaths a week in Victoria, where around 110,000 people are among the 500,000 living with chronic hepatitis around Australia. Of new diagnoses of hepatitis C, 53 per cent are of young people aged 15 to 29.

StreetShot is part of the LIVERability Festival, a diverse program of community events around World Hepatitis Day on Friday 28 July and the global #NoHep campaign. 

VCAL (Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning) is an accredited secondary certificate like the Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE). VCAL focuses on careers-based ‘hands-on’ learning. View our VCAL page for more information about Wodonga TAFE's VCAL program and the courses that are available.