Ram Khanal

Albury, New South Wales

Medical student, humanitarian

Ram was born in a refugee camp in Nepal after his parents fled Bhutan, where they faced persecution for their Lhotshampa ethnicity. During his 16 years in the camp, he saw many of his young friends die from a lack of basic healthcare. He promised himself that, should he ever receive an education, he would study medicine. Ram’s life changed in 2009 when his family settled in Albury. Although he had little schooling behind him, within two years he was school dux. He went on to complete a Bachelor of Medical Science and was named Albury City’s Young Citizen of the Year in 2016. Ram is now studying medicine at the University of Wollongong. This grant will help him to fulfil his childhood dream of being the best doctor he can be.