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Nurses unite and swim in memory of Doreen

Wednesday, 01 March 2017


Professor Di Twigg and her team of three other staff from the school of Nursing and Midwifery took park in the 2017 Karma Resorts Rottnest Channel Swim.  They surpassed their fundraising goal and raised over $6,370 towards the Doreen Collyer Nursing Scholarship Fund.  
Tragically attacked and killed by a shark diving off Mindarie in June in 2016, Doreen Collyer was a much loved and respected colleague, mentor and teacher at Edith Cowan University in the School of Nursing and Midwifery.

A scholarship of $3,000 is awarded each year to a nursing student to help with the cost of their education, especially costs associated with taking time away from family and work to undertake clinical practicums.

“Thanks to everyone who donated, we have raised $6,370.75 which we are very happy about (as the photo attests) even though we didn't finish the race. We gave it a red hot go and swam as hard as we could to beat the cut off time at the 15 km mark but didn't quite get there.

The southerly current was just too strong for us and lots of other competitors as well. While that was disappointing we are really pleased we have added another 2 years’ worth of scholarship funds in memory of a very special lady. She was a wonderful teacher and academic and she loved the students. She would be very pleased that this scholarship supports students doing it tough” said the swimmers from Team Dors.

A range of scholarships are offered at ECU to help both current and future students complete their studies.  To find out more visit the Scholarships web page.


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