Past events

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Allison Murphy Memorial Scholarship Celebration

Allison Murphy Memorial Scholarship Celebration

Allison was Geelong-raised, attended Clonard College for secondary education, then completed a Bachelor of Arts (Journalism) at Deakin University’s Geelong Campus.  Alli’s vocation became strategic communication, and she worked as a federal parliamentary media adviser to former Senator Judith Troeth, then across private, public and not-for-profit sectors.

In 2004 Alli founded Redstick Strategic Communications a public affairs consultancy specialising in government relations, community engagement, and public relations.  In the ensuing decade Alli played a critical role in many key Geelong achievements – Simonds Stadium redevelopments, TAC’s relocation to Geelong, Geelong Ring Road construction, Princes Highway duplication, Avalon Airport’s expansion and Deakin University’s Medical School to name a few.

Alli advised pro-bono to several community organisations including Northern Futures, Geelong Gallery, Time for Youth, Karingal Foundation and Anam Cara House. Alli was a trusted advisor, strategist and confidante. She was a leader, a mentor and a great friend to so many. Above all, Alli was a loving, and loved, wife to Peter, mum to Charley and Lucy and step mum to Tom.

Alli tragically passed away on 25 February 2014, aged 42.

The Allison Murphy Scholarship is dedicated to the memory of Allison Murphy.  It is a tangible memorial to the life and contribution of Alli whose prevailing passion, along with her family, was the community of Geelong. In Alli’s honour, the Scholarship will give women from the Geelong region the opportunity to follow in Alli’s footsteps and study at Deakin University majoring in political studies, media or marketing.

The Allison Murphy Memorial Scholarship Celebration provided an opportunity for donors, award recipients, key stakeholders, and members of the Deakin Executive to celebrate and acknowledge Allison Murphy’s personal and professional commitment to Geelong as well as Deakin University’s dedication to philanthropic community support and student learning.

Coral Reeves, the 2015 recipient of the scholarship, spoke about her education journey as well as introduce and present the Scholarship Certificate to the 2016 Recipient, Rachael Brodie.

Change 100 Lives Cocktail Evening

Change 100 lives celebration

The ‘Change 100 Lives’ (C100L) campaign was an appeal to the Deakin community to collectively provide philanthropic funding that enabled 100 students in financial need to access and achieve a university education at Deakin. 'Change 100 Lives' provided course-duration scholarships to students who, because of financial disadvantage or personal circumstances, might otherwise not have been able to access the benefits of a university education.

The ‘Change 100 Lives’ campaign was launched in October 2013, to act as the lead public philanthropic campaign for general donors to Deakin to raise $1 000 000 to change 100 Deakin students’ lives.

In recognition of the generous contribution donors have made to student scholarship funding under the ‘Change 100 Lives’ campaign, Deakin University invited donors, scholarship recipients and key Deakin Executives to a cocktail evening to celebrate this significant campaign milestone.

After heartfelt addresses from both a donor and a scholarship recipient, guests were invited to be photographed around one hundred paper lanterns, which were placed in the shape of ‘100’, to capture a visual representation of each of the lives that have been and will be changed in the campaign (pictured).

Guests were then treated to an exclusive address from the “200 Years of Australian Fashion” curator, before being invited to take part in an exclusive private viewing of the exhibition.

This celebration was to thank donors for their support and to highlight the difference they have made to the lives of scholarship recipients.