Help Karin finish her final year of medical school

Karin is a final year medical student at the University of Melbourne. A Sri Lankan citizen, Karin moved to Australia 7 years ago to complete a science degree and then a medical degree. During her tertiary education, Karin has worked consistently hard to support herself. She works most days of the week (including the notorious night shift at the Bourke St McDonalds in the CBD) in hospitality while continuing to complete her placement. She is also an avid sportswoman and plays touch football and rugby religiously. She is determined in her work, sports and education to the extent that not one, but two ACL reconstructions couldn’t even keep her out of the game for long.

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Karin’s family were previously able to contribute to her international fees for medical school. Unfortunately, these circumstances have changed and Karin is unable to pay for her final year tuition alone. She has attempted to secure financial support from the university, various institutions, scholarship programs and banks but has been turned down as she is not an Australian citizen.

 
In the future, Karin intends to pursue orthopaedic surgery. She also plans to apply for citizenship when she graduates and spend her career working in the country she has come to love. She has also discovered just how difficult it is to get support as an international student and commits to ‘paying back’ $15,000 of the total funds raised in the form of a scholarship intended to support students just like her.

 
Fees for the final year of Melbourne Medical School amount to $88,864 (of which she has contributed $20,000 worth of savings). Karin is still working 20 hours per week and we are carrying out fundraising events in the medical school and in the broader community to support her.


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Donations

  • Safiya Zackariya 
    • $50 
    • 9 d
  • Anonymous 
    • $625 
    • 10 d
  • Karen Brook 
    • $100 
    • 2 mos
  • Anonymous 
    • $50 
    • 2 mos
  • Lakshini Gunasekera 
    • $100 
    • 2 mos
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Organizer

Karin Gunatilake 
Organizer
Brunswick West, VIC
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