University makes fundraising history

INSPIRED – the campaign to support the University of Sydney has welcomed its 40,000th donor, an alumna whose family association with the University dates back to the early 1900s.

This donor’s $10,000 gift will support research into pain management at Sydney Medical School, an area of particular interest to her following both a graduate diploma and master’s degree in pain management at the University.

“When we launched the campaign publicly in 2013 our goal was to engage 40,000 individual donors. It was an ambitious goal and we’re absolutely thrilled at the response from our entire community – alumni, staff, students and friends. Thanks to their belief in what we do, we have been able to reach our target donor number almost three years ahead of schedule,” says Tim Dolan, Vice-Principal (Advancement) at the University of Sydney.

The gift will contribute to Professor Philip Siddall’s research into ‘pain pathways’ – looking at the way pain signals are passed through the body and how the pathways can be better understood to reduce the level of pain.

“Pain can be experienced differently by different people, and for some, simply addressing the cause might not be enough. We want to find out how we can make the pathways perform better to help turn down the pain,” says Philip.

“Ultimately we aim to develop a tool that can be applied in the clinic to enable treatment to be better tailored based on an individual’s physiological and psychological needs to help avoid any unnecessary procedures.”

Following the recent donor milestone, the University now aims to engage another 10,000 donors – a campaign total of 50,000 – by the time the INSPIRED campaign closes at the end of 2017.