Inaugural Giving Day raises more than $2 million

31 October 2019

The University of Queensland’s first Giving Day splashed across campuses and beyond on Wednesday 23 October 2019, with more than $2 million raised in support of student scholarships, research programs and innovation in teaching and learning.

Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Advancement) Jennifer Karlson said the success of Giving Day served as a reminder of the goodwill of those connected with UQ.

“It’s been humbling to see the community take up the challenge to become ChangeMakers and support worthy causes across the University. We’ve been overwhelmed by the response – 1394 people and organisations made donations to raise $2,167,020,” Ms Karlson said.

“We have seen students and staff across our UQ campuses participating in great numbers – offering their personal support to areas in which they already invest their professional time, and alumni from around the world embracing the opportunity to give back.”

Giving Day’s lead cause, the ChangeMaker Fund, supports scholarships for students who face financial barriers that may otherwise prevent them from attending university.

Student An Tran said that without the help of scholarships like these, she may not have been able to pursue her career in dentistry, with the ultimate goal to help others.

“I couldn’t have done it without the scholarship,” she said.

“It helps me juggle the demands of dental school and the cost of living. It also allows me to honour my commitment to getting a university education.”

Through a donor-funded Aspire Scholarship, An received enough support to buy her dental equipment and was able to budget for purchasing textbooks each semester, while also easing the need to work so many hours while studying.

“Thanks to the support of donors, I was able to commit more time to my education, and to developing my passion for helping people and restoring smiles,” said An.

“If you donated on Giving Day, thank you – you’ve given students like me the ability to grow, and now my dreams are becoming a reality.”

Donations to UQ can continue to be made through the UQ Giving website, or by contacting giving@uq.edu.au.

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