New Foundation underscores Mildura ties

New Foundation underscores Mildura ties

27 Feb 2009

A drinks reception was held in Mildura last night for the launch of the La Trobe University Foundation –Mildura, which has been established to manage philanthropic funds and gifts given to the University by individuals, businesses and community groups.



The Foundation was established in 2007 as part of the University’s 40th anniversary celebrations and the launch of the Mildura chapter is to show La Trobe’s ongoing commitment to the region.

University Chancellor, Sylvia Watson AO, led the proceedings, which included recognition of an extraordinary donation by local businessman and entrepreneur, Mr. Don Carrazza who has generously gifted the George and William Chaffey Building to the University.

Ms Watson and Vice Chancellor, Professor Paul Johnson, formally thanked Mr Carrazza on the University’s behalf.

 'La Trobe is already a well established member of the Mildura community and is thus in the perfect position to build on existing relationships with alumni, corporations and businesses to gather support for its teaching and research', said Kent Farrell, Executive Director of La Trobe Mildura campus.

'The La Trobe University Foundation Mildura will use its resources to invest in the education of Mildura residents and those from the surrounding community in the form of grants, scholarships and other forms of support,' he said.

Foundation funds will also be applied to specific projects including capital developments and refurbishments of University buildings.

'In agreement with the Foundation, donors can also direct funds to projects that particularly interest them,' said Mr Farrell.

'For example, local artist and La Trobe University lecturer, Neil Fettling has donated an original installation which will be digitalized and converted into a limited edition print, to be made available for purchase,' he said.

For more details of the La Trobe University Foundation-Mildura, contact Kent Farrell, Executive Director, La Trobe University Mildura campus:

Tel: 03.5051.4025  E: k.farrell@latrobe.edu.au

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