For Curtin University staff member Naomi, the notion of making a contribution is something she refined from a young age. “When I first got pocket money I got to decide which charity to contribute to, and at the end of the year my Dad would take me into the charity to hand over the jar of 20 cent pieces I’d put aside for them,” Naomi recalls.
She began contributing to Give to Change, Curtin’s staff giving program in 2013 due to her firm belief that educational opportunities can change lives for the better while understanding that not everyone can afford the fees associated with a degree or gain access to government funding. “I felt that if I believe in the importance of access to higher education I should do something personally to support it. To walk the talk,” says Naomi.
As part of the program, staff can choose how their contribution is distributed. One of the initiatives Naomi selected was the Sally Webster Hardship Fund, which supports students who are experiencing genuine financial hardship and are unable to meet day-to-day living costs. “I understand how hard it can be for students to fund their way through studies and how even small changes can result in hardship,” Naomi reflects. “I also knew Sally Webster. She was an amazing woman who truly lived her life looking for ways to make things better for others.”