Who will benefit from our fundraising?
2015 marks 50 years since the historic Freedom Ride. Initiated in 1965 by a University of Sydney student action group, the ride shone a spotlight on the difficult state of Australia's race relations and sparked a human rights movement in regional NSW that led to recognition of Aboriginal rights.
To commemorate this event, we have established the NSW Freedom Ride Scholarship Fund. The fund will support talented Aboriginal students from across NSW to access a world-class education at the University of Sydney. This year we have raised more than $23,000 and our goal is to reach $30,000. We need your gift today to help us reach our goal.
How will your gift make a difference?
The more people participate in the campaign, the more we can honour the legacy of this event.
We invite you to show your support for our community by giving towards the NSW Freedom Ride Scholarships, which will provide Aboriginal people with a greater opportunity to succeed at university and become future leaders in our society.
Why was the Freedom Ride important?
The Freedom Ride was born out of University of Sydney students’ passion for justice. It became a critical part of the nation’s positive progress on Aboriginal affairs and helped put us on a path to a more tolerant and responsive society. However, there is still much more we can do.
About the Freedom Ride reenactment
Earlier this year, the University of Sydney and the Students’ Representative Council reenacted the Freedom Ride. Together with some of the original Freedom Riders, 29 current students led this historic bus trip visiting Dubbo, Walgett, Moree, Bowraville and Kempsey to raise awareness of the issues Aboriginal people still face.
The 2015 Freedom Ride celebrated the original event and enabled the University to continue its deep connection with communities, learn from the events of 1965 and explore how leadership and ideas can be supported, encouraged and developed today.
Show your support and please make a gift today.