CQUniversity Australia is proud to be a university that gives back, whether it be through student placements, consulting and research services in industry, international partnerships, or contributing to the community in one way or another.

In January severe floods caused havoc across Central Queensland. To help support flood-affected Queenslanders, CQUniversity campuses joined forces to make donations and spearhead a series of fundraisers.

Volunteers lending a hand at 'The Big Breakfast'.

CQUniversity Rockhampton hosted ‘The Big Breakfast’ and raised more than $2000. The metropolitan campuses in Brisbane, Gold Coast, Melbourne and Sydney collaboratively raised $1315 through morning teas, and also donated a range of useful supplies and children’s gifts. All proceeds went to the Red Cross Queensland Floods Appeal 2013.

CQUniversity Noosa donated several cartons full of educational books to the flooded Bundaberg East State School, to help the school get back on its feet. The donated books were used to replace teacher resource materials that were destroyed in the flood. The campus also donated clothes and other useful items for the flooded residents of Bundaberg. Donated items included art and craft supplies, games and DVDs.

Car-load of books leaving Noosa Campus.

CQUniversity Bundaberg helped relieve some of the burden during this summer’s record floods by providing its computer labs for the Bundaberg News-Mail, whose own premises were flooded, to sustain its newspaper operations. The Bundaberg Regional Council also used campus science labs for water quality testing and the campus kitchens were made available to the Salvation Army as an option for food preparation for local evacuation centres.

Temporary newsroom set up in a computer lab at Bundaberg Campus.

Two years ago Rockhampton and Emerald campuses also served as evacuation and relief centres for summer floods.

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