Staff and community dine and dance for Reconciliation Scholarship
On June 1, University and Wollotuka staff dined and danced with the Newcastle community to raise funds for the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Scholarship.
The Reconciliation Scholarship Dinner Dance aims to raise funds for Indigenous Scholarship with the goal of reaching one million dollars for students that are unable to receive Commonwealth support. It also helps to build relationships between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians.
UoN student, Jordyn Pol, was the first recipient of the Scholarship. During her moving speech she thanked all donors and said that the Scholarship allows her to live on campus, rather than commuting from Foster on the mid-North Coast. She can now take full advantage of being on campus and spending time at the Wollotuka Institute so that she can fulfil her dream of being a primary school teacher.
Held in the Starlight Room at Wests Leagues Club, the night was a great success. A fine three course meal was followed by a charity auction, which saw the sale of amazing Indigenous artwork and the Indigenous All Stars/NRL jersey. Ray Kelly from the Wollotuka Institute did a great job entertaining the crowd as auctioneer.
Take a look at the photos and join us next year for this important annual event.