Ten thousand donors support the University of Sydney in 2012

6 December 2012

Students taking part in the Sydney Development Fund's telephone fundraising program.
Students taking part in the Sydney Development Fund's telephone fundraising program.

Ten thousand donors can fill the Great Hall 17 times, stretch from Bondi to the Quad and back holding hands or help more than 1600 students in need with emergency costs.

The University of Sydney reached a significant milestone this week in securing our 10,000th donor for 2012. This is the first time in the history of the University that we have experienced support of this magnitude. The hugely successful tax and spring appeals, as well as the student fundraising telephone program, have contributed significantly to the rise in donors this year.

Tim Dolan, director of development at the University, said, "The support of 10,000 donors is a great endorsement of the University's work. Australia is starting to see how philanthropy in higher education helps to encourage and inspire people who can make a difference in our communities."

The University's 10,000th donor for 2012 was Leisel Gerlach, an alumna with a Master of Emergency Nursing, who gave a gift towards Sydney Nursing School as part of the student fundraising telephone program.

Leisel said that completing her master's at the University of Sydney gave her the opportunity to take her passion for nursing to the next level.

"I had fantastic lecturers who supported me through my studies. I was able to develop and hone my skills as an emergency nurse, which has really opened doors for better professional opportunities," she said.

Leisel now works as a clinical nurse consultant at the emergency department of the Nepean Hospital.

"I love my job and when I got the call asking if I could make a donation, I thought it was a good opportunity to give something back. I want other people to have the same experience as I did studying at Sydney."

Support from our donors creates a remarkable impact in a range of ways, including helping us to attract the brightest minds, enrich the student experience, provide state-of-the-art facilities, and fund research to find solutions to some of the world's most pressing problems.

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