Tim Fairfax AM lives in Brisbane, but his heart lies outside the city boundaries. The steward of several pastoral properties in Queensland and NSW, he is actively involved with a range of rural and regional development programs and organisations. Fortunately for the Sunshine Coast, one of those is USC.
Tim is Deputy Chancellor of the University of the Sunshine Coast and has served for 10 years as Chairman of its Foundation Board. He has volunteered countless hours to the University in its crucial early years, and has contributed widely to various scholarships and initiatives, such as the campus’s Art Gallery.
In one of the University’s most significant philanthropic gifts to date, Tim has pledged a substantial donation to the new Health and Sport Centre at USC. The Centre is the focal initiative of the University’s $5 million Building Excellence Campaign. “The Sunshine Coast’s future is being determined now—by how strongly and wisely its foundation is laid today.”
Tim’s gift will support the Health and Sport Centre’s new health clinic, as well as the integrated learning centres that will facilitate University students’ research and training alongside allied health professionals in the community.“The Sunshine Coast’s future is being determined now—by how strongly and wisely its foundation is laid today,” Tim said. “The Health and Sport Centre is a win-win initiative for students and for the region.”
Professor John Lowe, Head of the School of Health and Sport Science, said that major support such as this would help the School realise its objectives of creating life-enhancing research and applications for the community, regional job creation, and world-class opportunities for teaching and learning.
“Through his financial support, as well as his long standing personal commitment, Tim has left an indelible mark on this region," said Vice-Chancellor and President Professor Paul Thomas AM. "He's been and continues to be an important catalyst for our University."
Two philanthropic forces have come together to present one of the USC Art Gallery’s most exciting exhibits to date. Thanks to ongoing generosity from Sajen Legal and the Proost/De Deyne family, the Sunshine Coast has enjoyed “Spirit Dancing,” a mixed media exhibition of two of Australia’s most respected Indigenous artists, Ken Thaiday and Roy Wiggan.
Sajen Legal, which also supports two student prizes, has sponsored the Art Gallery’s exhibition program since it opened earlier this year. With their help, the Gallery has been able to bring several of Australia’s finest exhibitions to the Sunshine Coast.
“We could not have had the calibre of exhibitions we have had this year without Sajen Legal’s support,” said Dawn Oelrich, Art Gallery Curator. The Spirit Dancing exhibition was on loan from the Proost/De Deyne family collection in October.
The family has also had a broad impact across other areas of campus—especially for USC students. A Sunshine Coast family with a worldly appreciation for art, they have supported students through the Proost/De Deyne prize for computer-based art and design, and established a new fund allowing USC to purchase selected pieces of student artwork for the campus.
Additionally, Ferre De Deyne, who operates the Big Kart Track on the Sunshine Coast, established the Big Kart Track Prize for an outstanding tourism student.“These tokens of generosity from our community really help to enhance the university experience for our students,” said Vice-Chancellor and President Paul Thomas AM.“Inspiration can come from anywhere—from a prize, from an art exhibit. It has the potential to transform lives. We are extremely grateful for these generous acts of kindness.”