ANU Advancement recently hosted a "Springbank Circle Long Lunch" at University House to thank Springbank members for their support of the University.
Guests were joined by the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Brian Schmidt, and the new Vice-President (Advancement), Ms Barbara Miles, as well as some brilliant young researchers from the ANU Three-minute thesis (3MT) competition.
Ankur Sharma (image), who won the ANU3MT competition, discussed how his research can lead to flexible, biodegradable and super-fast electronic devices, while Harry Sutton impressed guests with insights into his work on creating vaccines with memories.
Olaf and Sheryle Moon, who were guests at the lunch, were so inspired by the potential implications of Harry’s work into malarial research that they are funding the purchase of multi-channel pipettes to aid his research.
“The chance to assist with the eradication of malaria is profound. Olaf had malaria when he travelled in Africa in the 1970s so we know how debilitating it can be and how it can return,” says Sheryle.
The ANU Springbank Circle celebrates donors who have left a gift to ANU in their will – a wonderful way to advance research and education for generations to come. Springbank members are regularly invited to exclusive events and ANU milestone celebrations, and receive regular updates on research.
For information about leaving a gift to ANU in your will, please visit http://www.anu.edu.au/giving/how-to-give/giving-in-your-will.
You can see more images from the event on our social media.