ANU community raises $100,000 for mental health research

20 October 2015

ANU has raised $100,905 through its inaugural Day of Giving campaign in support of The National Institute for Mental Health Research (NIMHR).

More than 470 donors gave to the campaign, helping to raise in excess of $40,000.

The Bruce Hall community also donated $10,000 from its Protect Your Head Campaign, helping the ANU Day of Giving to reach its $50,000 target.

Two generous donors matched the fundraising to take the overall total from the campaign to $100,905.

"Our goal through the Tour de Bruce, a 500km ride from Dubbo to Canberra, was to not only raise funds for mental health research, but also raise awareness of the impact mental illness has amongst the wider ANU community," said Jamon Shay, President of the Bruce Hall Residents Committee.

"Thanks to the matched gift, the Bruce Hall community was able to double our contribution in support of mental health research at ANU," Jamon said.

NIMHR Director, Professor Kathy Griffiths was delighted with outcome.

"The support shown by the wider ANU community reflects the broad impact that mental illness has on so many people's lives," Professor Griffiths said.

"NIMHR is so grateful to everyone who supported the campaign - especially the two anonymous donors who generously provided a matched gift.

"The funds raised will ensure that NIMHR continues to lead the way in mental health research that is translated into programs that make a real difference to lives of people around the world."

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