19 April 2011
University and union unite to help the kids
RMIT University and construction workers on the University’s biggest ever building project have made a joint donation to the Royal Children’s Hospital Good Friday Appeal.
Professor Gill Palmer holds the giant cheque (right) with John Setka and Christine Unsworth, surrounded by many of the workers who donated to the Good Friday Appeal. Photo: Dan Murphy.
Workers on the $200 million-plus Swanston Academic Building (SAB) site on Swanston Street in central Melbourne, the future home of RMIT’s College of Business, donated $3,000.
They took part in “Hard Hat Hankie Day”, buying and wearing special bandanas supporting the Appeal.
RMIT agreed to match the construction workers’ donations dollar for dollar, bringing the total to $6,000.
RMIT Acting Vice-Chancellor and President, Professor Gill Palmer, joined John Setka, Assistant Secretary of the Victorian branch of the Construction Forestry Mining and Energy Union, in handing a giant cheque to the Executive Director of the Good Friday Appeal, Christine Unsworth.
Professor Palmer told construction workers that RMIT was pleased to help make what was believed to be the first joint donation of its type to the Appeal.
“Your generosity will help children around Victoria. In the same way, the building you are constructing will provide excellent facilities for students at RMIT,” she said.
RMIT Print Services came to the party by producing the giant cheque, with the logos of RMIT, developer Brookfield Multiplex and the unions represented on the site.