A tradition of giving

30 September 2020

For the last five years, the Giving Day donor community has come together to support ANU researchers and students to solve problems and achieve their potential. Your support has helped the University shape stories of positive impact.

Together, you have supported the Indigenous Australian Dictionary of Biographies. The project is well under way with 11 new biographies added, 80 in process, and authors identified for 40 more. Your support will help double the number of Indigenous biographies in this project. By helping us tell stories like that of the Mungo Lady, you are helping remind today's Australians that our history goes back over 60,000 years and is rich with the extraordinary stories of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. 

You have also helped teach villagers in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) about a simple and inexpensive method, developed at ANU, which removes the poisonous cyanide compound from cassava flour. This helped make konzo disappear in 13 villages in DRC. Your donation enabled women and children in the most marginalised communities adopt this simple and practical method to prevent konzo.

By contributing to the Centre for Mental Health Research, you have supported practical solutions to improve the mental health of Australians -- by helping create free online self-help tools to manage anxiety and depression.

Your support helped raise $26,865 for Humanitarian Scholarships that ensured students from refugee backgrounds can continue their studies at ANU. Your support is also helping the School to Tertiary Outreach Mentoring Program (STOMP), where ANU students mentor and work with refugee students. So far, 47 students have been provided mentors.

More recently, our donor community came together to Support Australia's Students through scholarships, to come to ANU, regardless of their background. Your support is helping students like Jordan Triming make the transition from a rural community to studying at ANU. Jordon enjoys calculus and is studying for an Advanced Computing and Science double degree, with a major in Mathematics. We caught up with Jordan, who spoke to us from his home in rural NSW.

People shouldn't be disadvantaged for where they live. If they want to further their education through university, they should have the means to do so.... I'd just like to thank you for the scholarship I received.

Jordan Triming, 2020 recipient of the Rural and Regional Equity Scholarship

Your spirit of giving - in the springtime - has made Giving Day an annual ANU tradition of our community getting involved and creating a future of endless possibilities.

Thank you.

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