Pave the Way: leading the charge in Australia

Become an ambassador for Pave the Way 2015.

A new fundraising trend is emerging, and the University of Sydney blazed the trail.

On 16 September 2014 we held our inaugural 24-hour fundraising and awareness challenge, Pave the Way. We were the first Australian university to run a challenge of this kind.

Twenty‑four-hour fundraising challenges, also known as “giving days”, are popular in the United States. The objective is to raise as much funding as possible in a set time through donations given primarily online.

Our community came together to make the day a huge success. Here are just some of our highlights:

  • $932,964 raised from 1058 donors
  • Two important causes: access to education and medical research
  • Alumni, staff, students, donors, parents and friends supported the day
  • Sisters Carole Roussel and Angela Raymond dedicated a gift in memory of their father to support future generations of neurosurgeons
  • An anonymous alumnus matched gifts dollar-for-dollar up to the value of $25,000
  • Pharmacy alumnus Douglas Jamieson is supporting Aboriginal students by establishing a scholarship
  • INSPIRED board member Sam Meers gave $5000 on behalf of the Nelson Meers Foundation
  • On-campus awareness raising and celebration
  • More than 60 online ambassadors helped spread the word.

Thank you to everyone who contributed to the success of Pave the Way.