Sydney Airport Lost Property Auction

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The Harding Miller Education Foundation was honoured to be the recipient of Sydney Airport’s annual Lost Property Auction this year. The online auction kicked off on Saturday, 4 May and continued until Sunday, 12 May. Cara Varian, our Executive Chairperson and Zelda and Sapphire Truong, HMEF alumnae, represented the Foundation at the launch. Zelda was a 2018-2021 Harding Miller scholarship recipient and is currently studying physiotherapy at the University of Sydney, while Sapphire is studying occupational therapy at the same university after completing the scholarship program in 2023. The three had a busy day being interviewed by multiple TV networks (including appearing on Channel 9’s Today show live broadcast) and print media outlets about the Foundation. Their interviews resulted in over 600 TV mentions, over 200 print and media stories and nearly 200 radio mentions, spreading the word about HMEF to a nationwide audience.

The Lost Property Auction is one of Sydney Airport’s most important charity events and it has raised $1.6m since 2013. This year, more than 2,500 unclaimed items, including technology, clothing, accessories, beauty products and other unique items, were up for bids starting at $10.  

A total of $267,000 was raised for the Foundation and these proceeds will be used to support new scholarships for girls in 2025 who live in and around the Sydney Airport area. The Foundation is extremely grateful to the team at Sydney Airport for being such enthusiastic supporters of the Harding Miller Education Foundation and making this collaboration possible. We would particularly like to thank Liz Seattter, Amanda Palmer, Verity Pearce and Theodore Bruce Auctioneers & Valuers for such an enjoyable day and for championing the Harding Miller Education Foundation and achieving such an amazing result.

Scholarship applications for 2025 will open on 15 July and close on 18 September 2024. Students must apply when they are in Year 8 as the scholarship starts when they commence Year 9. If you are interested in learning more, please contact 1300 103 896 or watch this video that briefly explains the application process.

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