Get involved with Giving Day

Western Sydney University’s second Giving Day will be held on Wednesday 1st December.

A 24-hour celebration of the impact of philanthropy at Western, Giving Day will raise vital funds for life-changing scholarships, student programs, research, and innovative projects. Add to this our emergence out of lockdown and Giving Day promises to be an exciting event for University staff, students, alumni and supporters to participate in.

“Giving Day is a fantastic way to support Western Sydney University. There’s so many ways to participate. You can donate to support student life, our hardworking scholarship recipients, vital research or innovative projects.

You can get involved by signing up to the 15km Giving Day walk or by coming along to the Chancellor’s Challenge at Bankwest stadium. Perhaps you are keen to roll up your sleeves and volunteer on the day. For 24 hours we are celebrating the best of Western Sydney University and we look forward to seeing you there!” says Penny Tribe, Executive Director, Office of Advancement.

As recipient of both the Western Sydney University Community Scholarship and Vice-Chancellor's Leadership Scholarship, Wiradjuri woman Matilda is incredibly thankful for the generosity of scholarship donors.

“Thank you, all that you are giving is truly changing the lives of so many young people out there, and giving them opportunities they may not have had before”.

As Masters of Primary Teaching and Bachelor of Arts (Pathway to Teaching Primary) Dean's Scholar graduate, the kindness of scholarship donors has removed some of the financial pressures Matilda, like many Western students, has faced in pursing her dreams of higher education. Pressures that have been magnified due to COVID-19, making scholarships and student welfare support more vital today than ever before.

Choosing to contribute on Giving Day can help support determined Western students working on innovative projects like Solar Car. A multi-disciplinary project, the team includes students from all Schools within the University. Students manage the project from start to completion - from designing, building and racing the car, to sponsorships and administration. Students in the Solar Car team are passionate about renewable energy, sustainable transportation, pushing the boundaries of engineering and winning!

Western Sydney University consistently attains the highest ratings for Excellence in Research for Australia by the Australian Research Council. Research has found that communities in Western Sydney experience extreme heat (over 38°C) more than previously known. Heatwaves are predicted to become more frequent, more severe in intensity, and longer lasting. Dr Sebastian Pfautsch, Senior Research Theme Fellow (Environment and Sustainability), applies his knowledge to urban ecosystems to reveal the potential of trees to mitigate effects of global warming. 

Working to develop microclimate maps, Dr Pfautsch says:

“The microclimate maps will help councils identify patterns of heat unique to their regions – knowledge that was previously unavailable. They will assist emergency services during heatwaves, contribute to community education, and inform future cooling strategies and development practices”.

Your support on Giving Day will help provide students with scholarships to access higher education, enrich the student experience at Western, and assist researchers achieve break-throughs in world-class research and innovation.

Click below to register for the Giving Day walk, a 15km adventure from Parramatta Lake.

Giving Day will be held Wednesday 1st December 2021.

This event will be run in accordance with the University’s COVID-Safe guidelines and the latest health and government advice at the time of the event.

Please do not attend this activity if you are unwell, have been in close contact with a positive case, have been tested and/or been instructed to self-isolate.

Published April 2021