Heather Strong has always been drawn to helping people.

The Doreen resident is in the second year of a nursing degree at RMIT and will be heading to Tanzania next year to volunteer at a children’s hospital.

While in Tanzania, Ms Strong will also be working on a research proposal, examining the environmental sustainability of isolation gowns.

The trip, which has been organised by healthcare placement organisation, Work the World, is expected to cost about $7000. To help with the cost, Ms Strong is hoping to secure $4000 in sponsorship from local businesses. She has already received $1000 from Bundoora Rotary Club.

Ms Strong said the placement was something she had long wanted to do.

“I already volunteer with Austin Health and St John Ambulance. Now, I want to give back on an international stage,” she said.

“I have always been drawn to helping people and always wanted to save lives.”

To sponsor Ms Strong, visit: www.gofundme.com/nursingvolunteerafrica