Some of our students share their experiences of hardship and thank the Swinburne community for supporting them.
Director of Development, Belinda Collins, says the generous response to students experiencing hardship is Swinburne’s community at its finest.
“Our students are our core purpose, our reason for being. It has been inspiring to experience Swinburne’s entire supporter community uniting to wrap our arms around our students. From our Chancellor and Council, to our staff, alumni, donors and fellow students, we have walked with our students, donating much needed funds and sharing messages of support,” she says.
Personal messages of support
A key feature of this appeal is the many personal messages of support that have been shared from donors to students.
One of those is from Mithun Rajan, a Master of Finance and Banking (Professional) graduate who studied at Swinburne as an international student. He now works in Melbourne and hopes his gifts to the fund will help students to ‘stay strong’ at this time.
“Swinburne gave me the opportunity to learn and grow through various forums during my study. It was time that I gave it back, especially to those in need. My contribution is to put a strong message in the minds of our international students that “we are all in this together” – not only in merrymaking moments, but even in these unprecedented times. I was just as you all are. Let’s stay strong.”
Swinburne’s incoming Vice-Chancellor, Professor Pascale Quester, also shared a message for students:
“Education is a vaccine. It protects against bigotry, bias and ignorance. When this pandemic is over, you will be stronger, more resilient and ready to overcome anything life throws at you. Now and always, Swinburne is a passport for a better future.”
In gratitude for the community that has come together in support of our students at this critical time, an honour board will be erected displaying the names of all donors to the Student Emergency Fund.
Members of Swinburne’s alumni and philanthropic community share why contributions are critical for our students at this difficult time.