Reunion Giving: How the Class of 1972 is making a difference

Coming together to celebrate their 45-year reunion in 2017, the Class of 1972 wanted to make a difference for tomorrow’s health professionals. They embraced the opportunity to do this through Reunion Giving.

MBBS Class of 1972 Medical Student Scholarship recipient Omar Salehi (centre)
with Associate Professor Les Reti and Dr Greg Lockrey from the Class of 1972.

We are each of us fortunate to have enjoyed long and successful careers in health. The medical knowledge and life-long love of learning that was imparted to us during our time at the University of Melbourne left us all in good stead,” said Professor Geoffrey Donnan AO (MBBS 1972).

It is fitting, as we come together to catch up and celebrate our uni days, that we consider giving back to support the next generation of talented students, for whom the cost of study is substantially more onerous than it was in our day.

The Class of 1972’s tremendous enthusiasm paid off quickly. To date, the cohort has raised nearly $60,000 and established the MBBS Class of 1972 Medical Student Scholarship.

The scholarship was awarded for the first time earlier this year to Doctor of Medicine student Omar Salehi. Omar says:

“2018 has undoubtedly been the most difficulty year of my life thus far. At the end of 2017, my father suddenly passed away and it really was a shock for the entire family. 

Trying to balance my studies, looking after my family and managing my own grief has been a challenge. We were not prepared for my father's passing financially, and we have been trying the best we can, given the circumstances, to make sure we can stay afloat. 

This donation will go an extremely long away in helping with the financial burden. I can promise the donors that I will never take their donation for granted and will strive every day to validate their belief in me through diligence, work ethic and compassion. 

I would like to thank the donors from the bottom of my heart for their kindness and generosity…I am so grateful to be a recipient of such kindness and generosity.”

If you’re interested in embracing Reunion Giving as part of your reunion, or want to find out more, please contact:

Larnie Narayan
Philanthropy and Alumni Engagement Manager

Phone: +61 3 9035 3622