Coffee Week aids students in need

UOW coffee drinkers recently put their caffeine consumption to good use to assist students in need.

UOW Cares, the University’s workplace giving program invited staff, students and campus visitors to participate in the 4th annual Coffee for a Cause campaign. The initiative supported student scholarships one coffee at a time!

A total of $2,196 was donated to the UOW Equity Fund, which supports students who might not otherwise have the chance to attend university and require support due to financial difficulties during their studies.

Everyone was invited to purchase UOW Cares ‘keep cups’ or make a donation and complete a coffee card for their chance to win a $900 coffee machine, one of four $50 UniShop vouchers or Oxfam fair trade goodies.

The Chief Operating Officer for the Illawarra Health and Medical Research Institute, Sue Baker-Finch, won the coffee machine as well as Oxfam coffee and keep cups.

Four $50 unishop vouchers and four Oxfam fair trade coffee and chocolate packs were also distributed to winners.

UOW Cares Co-ordinator, Rachel Dyer, said it was an excellent opportunity for staff and students to ‘give back’ to the campus community.

“Participants not only supported students but by buying a ‘keep cup’ they supported UOW environmental initiatives.”

UOW Cares was supported by UOW coffee outlets (Rush, Rush2, Pool Unique Café, Picasso, Sixty Seven Dining, Out To Lunch, Panizzi, iC kiosk and Shoal-bites on the Shoalhaven campus), Oxfam and the Environmental and Sustainability Initiatives Unit (ESI).

The UOW Workplace Giving program, UOW Cares, was established in July 2007 and has since achieved more than $200,000 from donations made by staff through their pay each fortnight.

UOW Cares provides the opportunity for staff to support their community by making fortnightly donations to charitable and not-for-profit community organisations. These contributions provide regular, stable and ongoing funding to vital community organisations.

Further information on UOW Cares and Coffee Week can be found at or by calling Rachel Dyer on 4252 8889.


  • Sue Baker-Finch was the lucky coffee machine prize winner