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Curtin University fundraising supports local communities

Media release

Some of Perth’s most vulnerable children and young people will receive almost 800 toys this festive season, thanks to Curtin University staff and students.

As part of the Toys for Tickets campaign, run by Curtin’s Parking team and the Curtin Community Projects team, anyone who has an outstanding campus parking infringement is offered the option of paying their fine with a new toy.

The campaign, introduced in 2014, donates the toys to Parkerville Children and Youth Care, an organisation that protects and cares for vulnerable children and youth in the community.

Curtin staff members have also recently taken part in the Share the Dignity 2017 campaign, where 147 bags of essential items such as personal hygiene and grooming products, sunscreen, baby wipes, socks and underwear were donated to women in need and in emergency domestic situations.

Curtin University Vice-President Corporate Relations Valerie Raubenheimer congratulated the efforts, adding that the Toys for Tickets and Share the Dignity campaigns were just two of the many fundraising initiatives run by Curtin.

“Curtin staff and students are very aware of the importance of fundraising to support local charities within the community to assist those who are less fortunate, especially at this time of year,” Ms Raubenheimer said.

“Curtin runs a number of successful fundraising initiatives throughout the year and we couldn’t achieve this level of success without the dedication and commitment of the many staff and students who volunteer their time to work on these important projects.

“We hope all of the children, young people and community who benefit from the fundraising efforts, enjoy the festive season and have a safe and happy New Year.”

Other fundraising initiatives recently undertaken by Curtin staff and students include:

  • Give to Change, a project that provides staff with the opportunity to change the life of Curtin students and empower them to succeed raised more than $117,000 from staff donors in 2017.
  • Foodbank collection: Curtin’s Office of Advancement will be delivering food donated by Curtin staff to the Foodbank Warehouse in December.
  • Curtin FM radio station in conjunction with WANSLEA and the Soroptimists of South Perth ran a campaign for the Grandparents Project on air, and Curtin FM listeners donated over 1600 items of stationary.