Generous donation to benefit the Kimberley and beyond

Document Type

Media Release

Publication Date

Winter 17-7-2007

Publisher Name

The University of Notre Dame Australia, Broome

Publication Place



The University of Notre Dame Australia’s Broome Campus will use a $16,000 donation from the Matsos’ Classic Charity Car rally to buy new mannequins for its Nursing laboratory.

The mannequins will allow the students to gain valuable practical experience during their tutorials.

Matsos’ owner, Martin Peirson-Jones, said the group had decided to donate to Notre Dame after visiting the Broome Campus nursing laboratory. Assistant Dean of Nursing, Broome, Sally Clark, had informed them not only of the valuable role the mannequins could play in developing the students’ skills, but of the number of nursing students who had remained in the region to work after graduating.

“We wanted to donate to something that benefits the whole region,” Mr Peirson-Jones said. “Donating the mannequins to the University will benefit more than just those in Broome.”

Thirty-one entrants and fifteen classic cars participated in the event. They drove from Broome to Kununurra taking in overnight stops at Derby, Fitzroy Crossing, Halls Creek, Emma Gorge along the way.

Nursing lecturer, Anne Milln, thanked those involved with the rally and said the donation was greatly appreciated.

“The mannequins are specifically designed to provide realistic feedback in a simulated emergency,” Mrs Milln said. “This will give the students much more confidence to deal with a real emergency.”

Mrs Milln said the mannequins would be a welcome addition to the nursing laboratory apparatus which already included many items found in the hospital environment.

“After only seven years, the School of Nursing continues to develop and we will see a record number of students graduating on July 27 this year, many of whom have plans to remain in the Kimberley,” she said.