Issue 1
Monday, 02 March 2020
Charles Darwin University
Charles Darwin: still partying after all these years
Charles Darwin: still partying after all these years

Birthday gala helps students realise dreams

By Andrew Hall

Almost 200 good burghers of Darwin turned out in their finest haute couture on 12 February to celebrate the 211th birthday of CDU’s namesake.

The annual Charles Darwin Black Tie Dinner – hosted by the CDU Foundation – was held for the first time in the grand ballroom at the Double Tree by Hilton Esplanade in Darwin’s central business district.

Advancement Director Simon Matthias said the great thing about supporting the black-tie dinner was that it provided tangible and direct benefits – through the provision of scholarships and prizes – to students and aspiring students who needed support. 

“This year’s dinner was a resounding success, raising almost $40,000 for the CDU Foundation. We also would like to thank the Northern Territory Government for being our 2020 Evolutionary Sponsor – which translates into a $25,000 scholarship,” Mr Matthias said.

“Our profound gratitude goes to everyone who contributed to this gala event, especially to Newmont Australia, which has supported scholarships at CDU since 2016.

“This year Newmont agreed to extend and expand its support through four newly established VET and higher education scholarships supporting Northern Territory female students, Indigenous students, and the Warlpiri people of the Central Australian Language Group.” 

Mr Matthias said Newmont’s support came in the form of a five-year agreement, which represented a total contribution of $250,000.

The recipient of the 2020 Evolutionary Scholarship will be announced in May at CDU’s scholarship awards ceremony.