Happy to give back – ANU workplace giving

15 July 2019

This is a way of saying thank you for the life experiences you've given me. I feel valued and in me feeling valued I'm happy to give back.

Sarah O'Callaghan says that she's grateful for the important role that ANU has played in her life by giving her wonderful study and professional experiences, as well as friendships that  have lasted for over two decades.

Sarah first arrived at ANU to study science and law in 1996, and has maintained these links throughout her career, by working with the Department of Geology after graduating and currently as the ANU Space Manager at Facilities and Services.

Eager to help others enjoy a similarly positive undergraduate experience, Sarah has established a Research School of Earth Sciences (RSES) Equity Scholarship along with RSES Director, Professor Stephen Eggins, through the ANU workplace giving program.

"I hope that the students who are supported by this scholarship get to successfully finish their degrees and have some of the incredible experiences that I had. There were people in my year group for whom even paying a couple of hundred dollars extra to go on a field trip was a struggle. There are still students like that and that's why supporting an equity scholarship is important."

Sarah says that she wishes more people realised how easy it is to participate in workplace giving.

"It's a relatively small amount of money that can have a huge impact on someone."

Sarah has also made the decision to update her Will, intending to leave her estate to the University in order to establish a scholarship for women to study geoscience.

"I passionately believe in what the University is doing. Leaving my Will to one place with a relatively narrow focus means that the scholarship can be there forever."

Sarah says that, aside from her many positive associations with the geology department, she is also motivated by the importance of paying it forward. 

"For me it's about giving back. This University has given me a fantastic set of opportunities and a fabulous undergraduate experience. This is a way of saying thank you for the life experiences you've given me. I feel valued and in me feeling valued I'm happy to give back."

For more information about workplace giving, go to: www.anu.edu.au/giving/how-to-give/giving-through-work

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