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Appeal to unlock NT’s potential

Professor Simon Maddocks … “Considerable increase in philanthropic and charitable support” Professor Simon Maddocks … “Considerable increase in philanthropic and charitable support”

Charles Darwin University is moving ahead to unlock the potential of individuals and communities with a fundraising appeal designed to raise $5 million.

In launching the 25th Anniversary Appeal late last year, Vice-Chancellor Professor Simon Maddocks said it was incumbent on CDU to transform the lives and unlock the potential of people in the Northern Territory.

“Having spent a year in which we celebrated the first 25 years of tertiary education in the Territory, it was fitting that the final gesture of those celebrations was to turn our gaze to the future,” Professor Maddocks said.

“While not an ambitious target compared to some southern universities who have received gifts in the order of $50 million in recent times, this would represent a considerable increase in philanthropic and charitable support for us.”

Professor Maddocks said the appeal, which would be driven by the CDU Foundation would become increasingly evident over the next 12 months.

 “The Foundation supports a wide range of projects at CDU including the development of Australia’s best Greek Studies program that will present a multi-disciplinary approach to language, history and philosophy study opportunities.”

Professor Maddocks said the Foundation also provided support to more than 50 individual scholarships.

“The act of supporting students in their education is a powerful act with an impact that extends into the community and into the future.”

Professor Maddocks said CDU had always relied on the community to help fund some of its special projects.

“We have set a timeline of three years to achieve what is our biggest appeal,” he said.