A cocktail party and auction at SportUNE last weekend raised $30,000 to support two annual scholarships at the University of New England in memory of Sarah Heagney, who died in a car accident in January.
Sarah’s tragic death has been greatly mourned by the Armidale and UNE college communities, with almost 300 people attending the Sarah Heagney Memorial Scholarship fund-raising event last Saturday night.
The event highlighted the positive impact that Sarah had on people, with many giving generously to support the scholarships.
Sarah Heagney excelled in both her academic and her sporting pursuits. She was Senior Academic Adviser at St Albert’s College, and organiser of St Albert’s women’s participation in the inter-college sporting competition. A SportUNE scholarship holder, she excelled especially in triathlons, and represented Australia in the Aquathon World Championships last year.
“Sarah achieved an outstanding amount during her life, and it was great to see that recognised on Saturday night,” said the Executive Director of SportUNE, David Schmude. “I hope this scholarship inspires other students to pursue their sport with as much dedication as she did.”
“Sarah was a much loved member of College and is missed by all who knew her,” said the Dean of St Albert’s College, Rebecca Wood. “It was inspiring to see the effort put in by the college residents in helping to organise and run the fundraiser.”
St Albert’s College provided the food, which was served by College students. The auction – of items such as sporting memorabilia, SportUNE gym membership, holidays, and time with members of the Heagney family – was a great success.
The two annual Sarah Heagney Memorial Scholarships are worth $1,200 each. The first scholarship – for sporting ability and dedication – was awarded earlier this year to Emma Gillogly; the second scholarship – for the first-year resident of St Albert’s College who achieves the best academic results – will be awarded at the end of this year.
THE PHOTOGRAPH displayed here shows David Schmude, Executive Director of SportUNE, with Emma Gillogly, the first recipient of a Sarah Heagney Memorial Scholarship. It expands to include Rebecca Wood, Dean of St Albert’s College.