Genna believes helping others is her calling in life. Raised in Sydney’s eastern suburbs, Genna originally thought she would leave school in year 10 but her final two years at the Emanuel School ended up being the best. Growing up watching scenes of children suffering hardship in Africa, Genna decided to help and saved her money to volunteer teaching students in Kenya. The six-week trip was such a life-changing experience that Genna went home, only to return four months later for another six months. Working in a kindergarten room made of cardboard and wood, Genna emailed back home begging for $2000 to build a new classroom. She ended up raising $15,000, which provided a new building, a water tank, a fence and play equipment. She then applied for a US$25,000 grant through Project Inspire to create a training centre for women, eventually selected as one of the top 10 entries in the project. Deciding she couldn’t preach to women about doing something with their lives without having done that herself, Genna started a Bachelor of Nursing degree at university and will specialise in midwifery and paediatrics.