As part of their commitment to support communities in times of crisis the Commonwealth Bank of Australia have donated more than 500 laptops to flood-affected students from Southern Cross University and Evans River School.
The donation is a result of proactive outreach from the bank looking for ways to help reduce the impact of lost belongings for flood impacted communities.
Professor Tyrone Carlin, Vice Chancellor at Southern Cross University said: "The university itself had been a refuge for the Lismore community during the floods with the campus being located on higher ground.
"This is not to say students weren't affected by the floods. Hundreds lost their laptops, academic resources and ultimately connection to their friends, families, and studies.
"The loss of important technology meant students were less connected to friends and family and were struggling to keep up with their academic commitments without the right technology.
The loss of important technology meant students were less connected to friends and family and were struggling to keep up- Professor Tyrone Carlin
"After receiving an offer of support from CommBank, we requested 100 laptops for our most vulnerable and disadvantaged students to help them remain connected and to continue with their studies.
"We are so grateful CommBank surpassed this amount to gift 250 laptops for our students."
Julian Doyle of CommBank said: "I am so proud to lead a team of passionate people who are making a difference to the lives of people in our community.
"Stories like this show me what's possible when people come together and go above and beyond.
"This is such a great example of our people living our values and working together to build a brighter future for all".
SCU has been a centre for flood recovery efforts.
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