ANU Giving Day – let every story be heard

16 October 2017

As well as engendering pride in Indigenous society about the richness of their history, we hope this project will also alert and educate all Australians to this significance and some of the individuals involved.

On 25 October, the ANU community is invited to support Giving Day, an annual event that raises funds to help individuals and research areas realise their potential and support projects that advance society.

This year's appeal will support two key initiatives; a four-year project to document the lives of Australia's leading Indigenous people to be published by the Australian Dictionary of Biography (ADB), and provide support and access programs for refugees at ANU.

These two causes have been selected for their impact in shaping the nation's narrative. The theme of this year's Giving Day is stories waiting to be told and stories waiting to unfold.

The Indigenous volume of the ADB aims to address the under-representation of Indigenous Australians in the ADB by working with Indigenous communities to produce an additional 190 entries on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

The project is being led by the ADB's Indigenous Working Party composed entirely of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander scholars from all Australian states.

Dr Malcolm Allbrook, Managing Editor of the ADB at the ANU National Centre of Biography, said the project was long overdue and would help redress the chronic under-representation and lack of awareness of Indigenous biography in Australia.

"Unfortunately, very few people could name more than five or 10 significant Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander people," Dr Allbrook said.

"But they are certainly there and in all fields - in sport, the armed services, in politics, health and medicine, cultural life and art and theatre.

"As well as engendering pride in Indigenous society about the richness of their history, we hope this project will also alert and educate all Australians to this significance and some of the individuals involved."

ANU Giving Day is also raising funds for a dedicated program of support for refugee students at ANU, as well as a Humanitarian Scholarship and the STOMP Program, where Griffin Hall students mentor refugee students at Dickson College.

Dr Kim Huynh, Lecturer in Politics and International Relations at ANU, arrived in Australia as a refugee from Vietnam.

He said that supporting a program like this is about investing in people who will then be able to change their lives and the direction of the community.

"Who knows what wonderful things they will be able to give back to ANU and Australia in return?"

Donations received to support the Giving Day fund will be split evenly between both causes or donors can give specifically to a project of their choice.

All donations will directly support these projects and ensure that every story can be heard.

Find out more at http://www.anu.edu.au/giving/support-us/anu-giving-day-let-every-story-be-heard