Friday 15 March 2019 9:24am
There are some very exciting projects in the new 150th Anniversary Fundraiser, including a number of 2018 Annual Appeal projects.
Included amongst them is a new Performing Arts centre for the University’s talented music, theatre, and dance students. The University has committed NZ$28 million to construct a new building and refurbish existing ones. Construction began last August and your financial support can help towards this innovative multi-use centre.
Another great cause is the EXPINKT™ gym. This rehabilitation programme provides valuable support for cancer patients and survivors through their treatment and helps them cope with the related side effects. Clients are given individualised and carefully supervised training for six to eight months before ‘graduating’ to group classes. Significant improvements in fitness, muscular strength and quality of life have been observed. Today the gym sees 120 EXPINKT™ gym members each week, and some twice a week. This is a unique programme that is not provided anywhere else in New Zealand.
Through its distance learning programme Otago is the only university in New Zealand offering advanced professional programmes in chaplaincy. Our goal is to raise an endowment fund of NZ$2 million to support a unique lecturer position in Chaplaincy Studies - the first in a New Zealand university dedicated to training Chaplains and enhancing their professional practice.
Your support will enable the University of Otago’s Theology Programme to continue to offer qualifications specifically designed to meet the needs of Chaplains already working in our community and those wanting to train to become Chaplains. It will also help to establish research in chaplaincy.
Every year hundreds of gifted students apply for scholarships at Otago. For some, this is their only chance to overcome the hardship and barriers associated with attending university. Scholarship donations will allow a student to study and receive support in their University life.
Another area where your donations can help is a blood test to detect Alzheimer’s disease. With early detection, treatment therapies can begin earlier and the blood test developed by the Brain Health Research Centre might help address this.
Meanwhile, the University Rowing Club is aiming to raise an endowment fund to NZ$1 million to support a full-time club manager and coach. By supporting this club you will help students compete, travel and grow as athletes and global citizens. Club boats, facilities, and awards may be named in recognition of your financial support.
Established in 1878, the Otago University Debating Society (OUDS) is Otago’s oldest society and in 2018 was awarded Otago’s Society of the Year. The Society enjoys national and international success at all levels of debating and adjudicating.
As a member, students develop oral communication and critical-thinking skills important in their future careers and day-to-day lives.
Our goal is to raise an endowment fund of NZ$1 million to allow the Society to continue to foster a culture of debating excellence at Otago.
By supporting OUDS you will help it to continue to compete, judge and host at the highest level nationally and internationally and provide students with the amazing life-changing and life-coaching opportunities it offers.
The Social Impact Studio is the next stage of the University Volunteer Centre. The Studio is about student-driven change through volunteering and leadership. It will be a hub for social impact through creativity and innovation … a place where Otago students, staff, faculty and community work together to design and implement projects that benefit our society and environment.
Students care deeply about social issues like belonging, purpose, quality education, mental health and wellbeing and these are reflected in our key student-led social action projects.
Our vision for a Social Impact Studio relies on your financial support to succeed. Become part of our future story by supporting our key student-led social action projects and helping to maximise Otago’s positive student-led involvement and engagement.