The 2017 Young Australian of the Year (Mornington Peninsula) explains how a trivia night led to her role at Fusion Australia.

Steph Byrne didn't intend to become a fundraiser. Find out what the 2017 Young Australian of the Year (Mornington Peninsula) has learned from sleeping in your car and nurturing relationships that count.

WHAT DID YOU WANT TO DO ‘WHEN YOU GREW UP’?



I’ve always had a heart for justice. At university I had a focus on community development and politics, and saw myself going into a government advisory role.

TELL US A BIT ABOUT YOUR CURRENT ROLE.



I work with Fusion Australia as a Fundraising and Resourcing Manager based out of its Mornington Peninsula centre. Historically, the organisation has been great at service delivery but didn’t have much of a fundraising strategy, something we have been working to change.

HOW DID YOU FIRST GET INTO FUNDRAISING?



Looking back, I’ve always been a fundraiser but I just didn’t know it. I sort of fell into it as a career. After finishing my degree I had been applying for a number of roles in advisory teams. Funding had been cut and every interview ended with: “We’d love to…
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