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Student fundraising efforts set to provide better in-country experience

Published:03 October 2018

Top image: Second-year Nursing students Erica Neilson (left), Debbie Hodgkin and Moriah Bell pictured at the CQUniversity Townsville campus barbecue event. Middle image: CQUniversity Midwifery Lecturer Bridget Ferguson (left) presenting at the Picnic for Nepal event with organiser, Nursing student Zoe Crespan. Bottom image: The donation table at the Picnic for Nepal event.

Many Nepalese hospitals and health clinics go without much-need resources.

This is the motivation behind the fundraising efforts of CQUni Bachelor of Nursing and Bachelor of Midwifery (Graduate Entry) students, who will travel to Pokhara, Nepal on 21 October, as part of the CQUGlobal Outbound Program, with funding from the Federal Government's New Colombo Plan.

CQUni Nursing Lecturer and Trip Team Leader Jenny Bassett said the student cohort wanted to make the three-week trip of a lifetime beneficial for the host country too.

“To do this, many students have organised their own fundraising events, or are currently facilitating ongoing fundraising initiatives, in the hope to take the generosity of their local community with them,” she said.

CQUni Second-year Nursing student Moriah Bell said the group of participating Nursing students had so far raised over $3000, and were determined to raise more.

“The group as a whole has done an amazing job.The money has been raised through sourcing organisational donations, selling chocolates and hosting events,” Ms Bell said.

“For example, back in July, second-year Nursing students Debbie Hodgkin, Erica Neilson and I coordinated and hosted a barbecue fundraiser at the CQUniversity Townsville campus, which contributed $200.

“We will continue to accept donations such as children's clothes; exercise books; colouring pencils; sports equipment; soaps; women’s health aids; medical supplies, excluding medication; reading glasses; old hearing aids; and toothpaste and toothbrushes up until 15 October.

“I have set up a donation drop off point at the CQUniversity Townsville Campus, on the ground floor of Building 2.”

CQUni Midwifery student and New Colombo Plan grant recipient Zoe Crespan said she recently hosted a Picnic for Nepal event which helped raise $3624.50.

“Local Dalby organisations jumped on board and donated the catering and live entertainment,” Ms Crespan said.

“CQUni Midwifery Lecturer Bridget Ferguson was also kind enough to drive inland from Brisbane to speak about our goals and the University initiative.

“Along with this, I was able to source many clothing donations and a surgical pack to take with me to Nepal. I am very excited to see what difference the money makes!”

Jenny said monetary donations would be dispersed and spent on many different initiatives, in conjunction with CQUni’s long standing partnership with Fishtail Hospital, Gandaki Maternity Hospital, Pokhara University, Lions Club and a number of not-for-profit Nepalese organisations.

“An amount will be spent in Pokhara on health equipment which will be donated to the Fishtail Hospital. Items include wheelchairs, hearing aids and reading glasses,” she said.

“A portion will be used to assist secondary students through Fishtail Hospital Nursing School; help students obtain their Nepalese nursing degree, and provide refugees with the opportunity to complete a tertiary qualification other than nursing.

“Donations will be made to Seven Womens, Children of Nepal, and the Pokhara Drug and Alcohol Rehabilitation Centre.”

The student cohort has so far raised $7624.50.

CQUni’s International Nursing Projects are part of the CQUGlobal Outbound Program. More details via: www.cqu.edu.au/about-us/structure/schools/nm/international-experiences-for-students