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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 is casting a wide shadow over our lives, including many CDU students.

In recent days, many CDU students have lost their part-time and casual jobs, and in some cases, is impacting their ability to put food on the table.

In response, CDU has created the Emergency Student Appeal to assist students experiencing financial hardship, and support them with essential living expenses and 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 at this very difficult time.

Alternatively, you can make an electronic funds transfer (EFT)  to the Charles Darwin University Foundation using the details below:

BSB: 035-302
Account Number: 301036
Account Name: Charles Darwin University Foundation
Reference: Your Surname

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.

Major Gift

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