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Emergency Student Appeal

Ben Poveda-Alfonso
International Student Support Officer, CDU & Coordinator – Kindness Shake

Hello, this is Ben Poveda-Alfonso and I work in the CDU Global Office. As someone who has been an international student and works with international students, I have seen first hand the struggle that International Students have been experiencing.

International students have been hit very hard by the economic fallout of the Coronavirus Pandemic, with most losing their employment income.

This has been made worse by the fact that International Students do not qualify for government support, leaving them with little or no income at all to survive in Australia.

In response, Charles Darwin University has introduced a large number of programs to support their students, including the Kindness Shake, which is a program that I helped create to provide students with a weekly free meal.

“It's really good for the essential things that I need, and it’s a big help definitely:

“It has helped us a lot, as we don’t have a job due to COVID-19”

“I am really grateful for this opportunity, thank you so much!”

Ben Poveda-Alfonso:
Please, if you are in a position to be able to help, I ask you to please consider donating to CDU’s Emergency Student Appeal.

Our students desperately need your support to help them get through this difficult time.

The COVID-19 pandemic continues to cast a long shadow over our lives as we try to return to a new normal.

The CDU Emergency Student Appeal continues to play an important role in assisting students through the provision of financial support to alleviate some of the stress and anxiety they are experiencing.

A tax-deductible donation to the Emergency Student Appeal is a tangible way of supporting our students during this very difficult time.

Donations over $2 are tax deductible. If you would like a receipt, please email the CDU Foundation and include your name, donation amount and EFT reference number.

How do I make a major gift?

If you are interested in making a gift of $25,000 or more, please contact Simon Matthias, Director of Advancement