A university education changes lives. In 2020, due to the impact of COVID-19, many students had to make difficult choices between continuing their education and addressing basic needs. According to a report by the ANU School of Research & Methods, 65.1 per cent of 18- to 24-year-olds were feeling anxious or worried due to the impact of COVID-19.
When we called on our community to help, alumni and donors responded with immense generosity by giving to the ANU Student Urgent Relief Fund. This particularly helped international students, students from rural and remote areas and those who are also carers. It supported a variety of expenses like house rent, groceries, internet access, and urgent travel needs. This generosity has helped ANU students to keep learning and stay connected with the ANU community.
Janice Tan (BEc ('04), BActS ('04)