Murdoch's $5000 kick starts Nepal earthquake appeal

May 8, 2015

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Left to right: Shiva Shrestha, Acting Vice Chancellor Professor Andrew Taggart and Trishna Gauchan.

A $5000 contribution from Murdoch University has launched a seven-week appeal to raise funds for Nepal's earthquake victims, some of whom are family of students attending the university.

Murdoch’s Nepalese student association in conjunction with the University and Student Guild will collect on behalf of the Australian Red Cross to support their Nepal Region Earthquake Appeal.

The tragic earthquake that struck Nepal and neighbouring areas on 25 April has caused more than 7,500 deaths with 14,500 people injured and resultant major impacts on Murdoch's Nepalese students and community.

Acting Vice Chancellor Professor Andrew Taggart said that the University fully supported the campaign and had been pleased to launch it with a $5000 donation.

“The safety and wellbeing of our students is always our number one priority, we have 54 Nepalese students and as a university with global aspirations we must support our international students, and their families, who contribute so much to our community,” Professor Taggart said.

“Fortunately, all of our University's Nepalese students have been able to establish contact with their families.

“For some of our students, the emotional impact has hit hard with some wishing to return home to help or be with their relatives.

“Our Student Support team has been in touch with all of our Nepalese students since the earthquake and is working to support them in every way we can.”

Professor Taggart said that organisation of the appeal had been a great example of collegiate coordination and cooperation among many sections of the University and the campaign deserved the generous support of all at Murdoch and the wider community.

"On behalf of the Nepalese student community, I welcome any support staff, students and the community can offer the campaign to assist all those whose lives have been ravaged by this disaster," Professor Taggart said.

”Appeal funds raised will help the Red Cross provide humanitarian support to people and communities in Nepal including emergency water and sanitation, shelter, health, protection and also long-term recovery and rebuilding activities."

The Murdoch University Nepalese Association (MUNA) will collect during Thursday Market Days and donation points have been established at:

  • South Street student centre
  • Peel campus student centre
  • Rockingham campus library
  • The Guild commercial outlets
  • UniCredit, and
  • Murdoch Institute of Technology administration.

Trishna Gauchan from MUNA said all Nepalese students at Murdoch had joined hands to run a fundraising program as a way to provide support to quake survivors.

“It is with all sincerity that MUNA must acknowledge that without the dedicated cooperation and support from Murdoch University, our cause would not have been successful,” she said.

“We are also grateful to all the University staff members and students for showing genuine concerns for Nepal, and supporting us during this difficult period.

“We wish to offer thanks and gratitude to the Acting Vice Chancellor Professor Andrew Taggart as well as Director Student Services Tim Martin for whole-heartedly listening to our grief and concerns, and doing everything within their institutional capacities to support MUNA during Nepal's national crisis. We really appreciate the donation of $5000 towards the quake relief fund for Nepal.

“Amidst the ruins, hope and aspirations still remain.”

MUNA also thanked the Murdoch Student Centre, the Murdoch Student Guild (The Guild) and the Murdoch Institute of Technology for helping with the fundraising project.

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Comments (2 responses)

Sita Ram Panta May 8, 2015

Dear Murdoch University Students and Staffs
I would like to thank you very much for your effort to organize a fund raising campaign along with establishing fund ollection points at different outlets to support earth quake striken families back in Nepal. My thoughts and prayers are with all those people affected directly or indirectly. Many thanks to Murdoch University for their generous support for helping their student's families at the time of disaster and encouraging them to be strong enough to overcome the tragedy while being away from their nearest and dearest.
Sita Ram Panta
Murdoch University Graduate
2008-2011

Anup Ghimire May 13, 2015

Dear Murdoch University, Murdoch Student Guild (The Guild) and Murdoch Institute of Technology,

On behalf of MUNA and myself, want to express our appreciation for your generosity in support of Nepal Earthquake Fundraising Event. Your commitment was incredibly helpful and allowed us to reach our goal. Your assistance means so much to us but even more to Nepal Earthquake Fundraising Event. Thank you from all of us.

Sincerely,
Anup Ghimire
Murdoch University Nepalese Association – MUNA

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