Financial stress impacts negatively on student’s wellbeing, ability to study and live a normal life. All of us have experienced, or know someone who has experienced, the challenge of balancing study with part-time work to meet the rising costs of rent and living expenses in Melbourne. Your donation can add towards the $20,670 raised so far this year generating 41 additional rent assistance grants!Campaigning for the 2010 Student Appeal has finished for this year but we will accept online donations until the end of 2010.
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Since June 2010, many gifts have been made towards this year's Student Appeal. The Student Appeal Leadership Committee have been very touched by the generous gifts of the University's students, alumni and friends. The tally as of 19th November 2010 stands at:
Thank you very much to the fantastic student volunteers have worked tirelessly on this year's campaign! Your efforts have paid off and have raised nearly twice the amount raised in 2009!
CELEBRATION OF GIVING
The Student Appeal thank you event was held on campus at the Tsubu Restaurant and Bar on Thursday 21st October 2010. The event was held to thank all donors, student volunteers and their supporters. For more information about the event, including photos, click here.
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Student Appeal Rent Assistance Grants are disbursed by the Student Financial Aid Office
|A total of $11,097.05 was raised by the 2009 Student Appeal during the Rent Assistance Campaign!|
|Thanks to all those who participated in making the 2009 Student Appeal such a success! We would be very happy to hear from all those who would like to be involved in the 2010 Student Appeal.|
2010 Student Appeal – Rent Assistance Campaign
The Student Appeal is a student-led fund-raising campaign that aims to build awareness of the University’s need for philanthropic support. This year we aimed to raise $12,000 to support students in need of rent assistance grants. $20,670 was raised to generate 41 additional rent assistance grants. Each grant is worth $500 and 100% of donations received will go directly towards those students who need them most. The Student Appeal Rent Assistance Grants will be disbursed in 2011 by the Student Financial Aid Office.
“The Housing Grant as well as Postgraduate Grant helped me paying my bills and buying Metcards as well as coping with unexpected circumstances. My household bill alone for the last 6 months is $899. Internet cost me $20/month. Overdrawn fees cost me more than $300 from July to September. Sometimes, my housemate could not pay the rental or bill on time, so I need to pay for them. With little money left, direct debit from mobile phone and internet failed to draw from my bank account. Then, the bank as well as the companies charged me for the failed payment. Even if I'm only $10 short, the payment was failed and both sides charge me $30 each.
That's why having the grant gave me a cushion against those unexpected charges and helped me with the cost of living.”
"The housing grant provided vital support during tentative economic circumstances. This allowed me to complete study and continue to provide volunteer skills at the university. I feel enormously grateful to have been provided the support.
The Housing Grants is an exceptional program which I intend to donate back to on successful completion of study."
‘I am someone whose social and economic circumstances have been troubled from very early, due to severe family breakdown, and my having to support myself from the age of 16, and put myself through school, house myself, all that. Without the University's assistance financially, in place of inadequate Government schemes and unwilling/unable parents, students like me, who are forced to survive on the edge, could very easily fail.’
‘I would like to express my thanks to the donors who made the Semester 2 Housing Grants possible. I was very relieved to hear I would be the receiving the grant in 2009 because it can be very hard financially to be a university student, living away from home, whether receiving Centrelink assistance or not.
The grant I received went straight towards my rent each fortnight, and helped ease the stress I was under financially. It also meant I could enjoy a couple of more hours a week spare time, or to spend on Uni work, rather than working to earn money.’
As a volunteer you will gain experience in fundraising skills which are fast becoming an important part of various industries in Australia.
Volunteers for the Student Appeal will receive training and support from the Student Appeal Leadership Committee. Those who commit 4 hours or more to the Appeal will receive an Appeal T-shirt and a certificate of participation.
If you are interested in becoming a volunteer in 2011 to help fellow students, please send an email to email@example.com letting us know for us to contact you about next year’s Appeal.
If you are interested in being involved in or have further questions about the Student Appeal, or wish to provide feedback, please contact Andrew Deane on +61 3 8344 1747 or by email firstname.lastname@example.org.