Answering the Call

Meet the students behind the UTS Annual Appeal

Rosa, in UTS: Annual Appeal call centreI think it’s important to acknowledge the importance of giving. It’s human nature to want to fulfil our own needs; but once you start giving, you realise it’s one of the most wonderful acts of kindness you can perform.”

Rosa, who is studying her final semester of a communications degree at UTS, was one of the dozens of students manning the phones at this year’s Annual Appeal. The funds raised will be distributed through the UTS Alumni Scholarship Fund to the students who are most in need; students who are struggling with housing and living expenses, text books, computer equipment and more.

Every dollar raised makes a tremendous difference to the lives of these students, who deserve the chance to make the most of their studies.
Over a period of four weeks, Rosa and her colleagues connected with thousands of UTS graduates. It was also a chance to let alumni know about the latest that’s happening on campus, as well as to update their contact details to ensure they receive the latest news.

“I think it’s a fantastic opportunity to really get to know the people who have graduated from the same institution that you’re attending,” says team supervisor Joyce, who is in her third year of a communications law degree.

“They always give you useful tips to help you get through your own degree.”

“I actually received a scholarship as part of my university degree, so I feel a very close bond with the UTS Annual Appeal. The difference it makes is transformational and I’m so grateful to be part of this.”

There is also a great sense of satisfaction from being able to raise money and knowing that it will go to students who are deserving of it. “I believe in what we’re doing because through these connections with alumni and their gifts, we‘re enabling students to attend university and focus on their studies without having to take a second or third job to make ends meet.”

It’s a difference some of the volunteers know personally.

“I actually received a scholarship as part of my university degree, so I feel a very close bond with the UTS Annual Appeal,” says Rosa. “The difference it makes is transformational and I’m so grateful to be part of this.”

This year, UTS’s student callers received more than 1000 donations. The money raised will fund students in every faculty, as well as new computer packages, book vouchers, emergency grants and rental subsidies.

Story and photography by Kevin Cheung