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Thursday, May 5th, 2016

UQ Business grad begins 250km trek across the Simpson Desert

UQ Business School alumnus and budding young entrepreneur Zachary Fook has started a 250km trek across the Simpson Desert to raise funds for Youngcare.

With the help of UQ Business School sponsorship, Zachary is close to reaching his $15,000 fundraising target, which will go directly towards helping young Australians with high care needs to exit or avoid aged care facilities.

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Zachary Fook in Birdsville, where the Simpsons Desert Challenge begins (Photo credit: UQ)

The Simpson Desert Challenge mirrors the daily challenges faced by young people living in aged care: isolation, uniformity, restrictions, and little self-determination.

After graduating from a Bachelor of Business Management at UQ, Zachary is now an account executive at Youngcare, where he works with corporate partners, ranging from small family-run businesses to national corporations to manage and develop their workplace giving programs.

“Working at Youngcare has helped me understand a great deal more about the issues we are facing as a society. It’s a really great career fit,” he said.

Zachary’s interest in tackling social issues began in a third-year course at university where he started a social initiative with two fellow students.

“The course was a turning point in the journey, as it made me realise that people and communities have an incredibly important role in business success,” he said.

This classroom idea has now grown into The Tippy Toe Co., a non-profit ballet school and social enterprise for special needs children and young adults aged 3-18 years.

The Tippy Toe Co. has since been featured in the media, in UQ’s Create Change campaign and used as a case study in parliament for the National Disability Insurance Scheme.

UQ Business School Dean Professor Andrew Griffiths said the Business School and Youngcare had a successful relationship for the past five years.

“Sponsoring Zachary on the Simpson Desert Challenge is another great way to show support for the terrific work that Youngcare do,” he said.

“We wish Zachary the best of luck throughout the challenge and we look forward to growing our relationship with Zachary and the Youngcare team in the future.”

Zachary Fook will complete Youngcare’s Simpson Desert trek between April 28 and May 8, 2016.

To donate or show support for Zachary, visit https://youngcaresdc2016.everydayhero.com/au/zac-fook-simpson-desert-trekker


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Monday, November 23rd, 2015

University of Sydney fundraising campaign reaches $600 million target two years early

Launched in 2008, the 10-year fundraising campaign was the first and most ambitious of its kind in Australian higher education. With its original goal now realised, INSPIRED’s new target has been revised to $750 million by the end of 2017.

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The University of Sydney has reached its fundraising goal (Photo credit: University of Sydney)

“We’ve reached this goal thanks to more than 43,000 generous supporters who have donated to the university since the campaign began,” said Dr Michael Spence, Vice-Chancellor and Principal of the University of Sydney.

“Reaching our goal more than two years early demonstrates a common belief that the University is at the forefront of meaningful change to our society, pursuing ideas that will shape our future.

“The impact that we can make with $600 million is already being seen on a local, national and global scale. Setting a new target gives us the opportunity to do even more.”

Donations this year to INSPIRED include

  • $33.7 million, the largest single research donation in the University of Sydney‘s history, from Barry and Joy Lambert, to research the medical applications of cannabinoids for chronic illnesses
  • $15 million for the establishment of the Chau Chak Wing Museum
  • $10.8 million from the Susan and Isaac Wakil Foundation to establish 12 annual nursing scholarships for undergraduate and postgraduate student nurses
  • $5 million to the university’s Charles Perkins Centre to fast-track child health research, given by the Financial Markets Foundation for Children
  • $3.6 million raised in 24 hours from 1,000 donors from the Pave the Way online and campus fundraising challenge
  • $2 million from sleep apnea expert and University of Sydney Professor Colin Sullivan to bolster research into sleep and its relationship to chronic disease
  • $3.6 million from the Abrahams family to establish a chair in oral and systemic health.

“The success of the campaign shows that the culture of philanthropy in Australia is growing at an unprecedented pace. This bodes well for universities across the nation, and for the University of Sydney in particular,” said Tim Dolan, Vice Principal (Advancement) at the University of Sydney.