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University Foundation launches new recognition society to celebrate donors

The University Foundation has created a new recognition society called the ‘Bequest Society’ to acknowledge people who have confirmed their intention to leave a gift in their will to the University.

Director of Advancement Young Dawkins, together with staff from the University’s Advancement Office hosted members of the Bequest Society recently for a morning tea at the Hotel Grand Chancellor in Hobart to recognise their generosity.

“The commitment and generosity that is shown by the members of the Bequest Society enables the Foundation to support our fantastic programs, including student scholarships, for which we are deeply grateful,” Executive Director of Advancement Young Dawkins said.

Following morning tea, the members heard from Professor Brigid Heywood, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) Communications, as she spoke of the importance of philanthropy in supporting research – and the powerful outcomes for the community that result from it.

An example of the power of leaving a bequest to support research is the Dianne Eerden Research Scholarship.

Dianne Eerden left a gift in her will to establish a scholarship named in her honour, with the intention of supporting talented young women entering the traditionally male-dominated field of neuroscience and neurosurgery.

“I want what I have worked for and left to help a young female person with their heart set on improving the lives and living prospects of other Australians”, Ms Eerden wrote in her will.

International student Tong Cui’s story is an example of the impact of leaving a gift in one’s will to the University. As a third year PhD student, Tong received the Dianne Eerden Research Scholarship, which has provided significant support as she continues her studies in Motor Neuron Disease (MND).

“It means so much to me,” Ms Jiang said.

“During my study I want to understand why neurons degenerate in Motor Neuron Disease, to make a difference and to help people with the disease,” she said.

Bequest Society gatherings will be hosted annually to celebrate the generosity of Bequest Society members.

To find out more about leaving a bequest or donating to the University of Tasmania, visit
or phone the Advancement Office on +61 3 6226 1920.

Published on: 18 Sep 2017 8:34am