Issue 2
Monday, 06 April 2020
Charles Darwin University
E-news
 Medical Laboratory Science students Giselle Dabbs, Ashley Alford and Jessica Adams with Foodbank NT CEO Peter Pilt
Medical Laboratory Science students Giselle Dabbs, Ashley Alford and Jessica Adams with Foodbank NT CEO Peter Pilt

CDU students lend hand in face of COVID-19

By Leanne Miles

Charles Darwin University students have worked to address the current shortage of hand sanitiser, while raising more than $400 to help people in need in the Northern Territory.

Medical Laboratory Science students from the College of Health and Human Sciences made batches of hand sanitiser in the labs to distribute to the university community.

College Manager Gus Diaz said the community was asked for a gold coin or food donation for the sanitiser with the funds going to Foodbank NT.

“The students wanted to be involved in helping the community,” he said. “It was also a practical experience for the students in how to use chemicals and work safely in a laboratory setting.”

He said it was a great way to get the students to use their skills to create practical solutions to issues facing the community.

First year Medical Laboratory Science student Jessica Adams said making hand sanitiser was a way the students could help relieve the shortage.

“We are not creating a vaccine, but it is something we can do to help, even at this micro-scale,” Jessica said.

“It has also been a great way to practise our lab skills, learn how to use equipment and conduct research into ensuring the hand sanitiser will work correctly.”

Foodbank NT CEO Peter Pilt praised the initiative by CDU, saying demand was on the increase due to COVID-91.

“We are seeing a high level of demand from remote communities,” he said. “Panic buying has also resulted in a reduction in food donations.”

The students have raised $400 and also provided a large box of food to Foodbank.

To donate visit W: foodbank.org.au/support-us/make-a-donation/donate-funds/?state=nt