Issue 4
Monday, 01 June 2020
Charles Darwin University
CDU Advancement Officer David MacBain distributes a food parcel to student Bilonda Nkongolo
CDU Advancement Officer David MacBain distributes a food parcel to student Bilonda Nkongolo

Corporate donor extends life of food programs

By Patrick Nelson

Two emergency food programs launched by Charles Darwin University to support students affected by the COVID-19 outbreak will continue into the foreseeable future thanks to a $39,000 gift from Newmont Australia.

CDU’s Director of Advancement Simon Matthias said the ongoing viability of the two programs had been made possible by a generous donation from the Newmont Community Support Fund.

“The gift will be shared with the Foodbank Emergency Student Food Parcel program and the Kindness Shake,” he said.

“In the case of the Food Parcel program, we’ll continue to deliver to our collection points in Darwin, Palmerston, Alice Springs and Tennant Creek.

“As of last Friday, 2290 Foodbank food parcels and 2424 Kindness parcels had been distributed.”

Mr Matthias said that even though testing showed no COVID-19 cases in the Northern Territory, the effects of the pandemic would likely be felt for a long while yet.

“With this latest donation we anticipate extending the program for at least another four weeks. They are highly practical programs for easing the burden on students experiencing hardship in these difficult times.”

Mr Matthias said that Newmont had also made an offer to volunteer.

“For the eight weeks that these programs have been running we’ve largely relied on the help of volunteers in the kitchen and at the grass-roots level to ensure their efficacy.

“We are most grateful that Newmont has sought to engage with us at the level of corporate volunteer, adding an invaluable human connection to their monetary gesture.”

Mr Matthias said students wishing to receive a food parcel would need to submit an online application before 10 am tomorrow, which they could do on the special purpose web page.

The Kindness Shake will continue to provide a grab and go meal service on Fridays from Casuarina campus and on Mondays from the Melaleuca Refugee Centre.

Newmont Tanami General Manager Vince De Carolis said Newmont was proud to support Charles Darwin University’s Food Parcel Program, ensuring the overall health and wellbeing of students throughout the Territory affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Foodbank Student Food Hamper: W:

Kindness Shake: W: or Kindness Shake - Darwin NT or E: