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Deakin University recently hosted its biennial Celebrating Philanthropic Partnerships events across the Geelong, Melbourne and Warrnambool campuses, to publicly acknowledge the generosity of our supporters and the benefits that flow from a culture of giving. The celebrations provided Deakin staff and student recipients with the opportunity to personally thank their benefactors.
The first of the celebratory occasions took place at the Geelong Waterfront Campus on Wednesday 31 August 2011. Executive Chairman, Costa Group, Dr Frank Costa OAM, provided an insightful address on the flow on effect from donating to Deakin – ’The Geelong Community receives back ten-fold that which it puts in to institutions like Deakin University,’ he said.
Deakin University’s Vice-Chancellor, Professor Jane den Hollander hosted celebrations at the Melbourne Burwood Campus on Thursday 1 September 2011. She expressed Deakin’s gratitude to the people and organisations that support the University's dedication to its core commitments - equity and access for individuals and groups who might not otherwise enjoy the benefits that flow from participation in higher education, and research that makes a difference.
‘It was so rewarding to see the real-world impact of philanthropy in action.’ commented Ms Lori Dyer, Sales Representative, Cengage Learning Australia.
Secretary, Collier Charitable Trust, Mr Geoff Linton said ‘I have attended this function in the past and found it a great opportunity to meet some of the students and staff at Deakin. It was also pleasing to note the range of activities the philanthropic community supports at Deakin. I hope Deakin continues with this event.’
The conclusion for these celebratory occasions took place at the Warrnambool Campus with the final event being held on Monday 26 September 2011. The Warrnambool event was a great success and highlighted the importance of the Warrnambool community for Deakin. Sinclair Wilson Consultant, Mr Bill Phillpot, furthered this sentiment in his address on the night. ‘Entering into a partnership with major Warrnambool institutions is entering into a partnership with the community.’
The scene for the celebrations was set by symbols of hope, growth, partnership and strength, with images of acorns and oak trees on the invitations and program booklets, 20 young gums in the room (to be planted at the Warrnambool Campus), and inspirational student portrait canvases featuring compelling quotes on scholarship recipients’ hopes and aspirations.
Collection of student portraits providing a glimpse into the future, the hopes, and the aspirations of our scholarship recipients.