Western Sydney Students to benefit from Info Night

Corey Payne

Bulldogs forward Corey Payne, the Future Direction network and the University of Sydney will join forces next Wednesday, 9 May, to inform and encourage High School students from across the Canterbury-Bankstown district and beyond to aim high with their education.

Registrations are still open for the joint FDN/University of Sydney parents info night, which will be held at Revesby Workers Club from 6.30pm on Wednesday.

Payne, who will line up against the Parramatta Eels at ANZ Stadium this Friday night, is a passionate advocate for higher education and is currently on track to complete his Masters of Commerce, specialising in Entrepreneurship and Finance, this year. In 2007, he graduated from the University of Sydney in 2007 with a Bachelor of Commerce, specialising in Accounting and Commercial Law.

The 27 year old will emcee the event, which will also showcase a video presentation from FDN featuring inspirational stories from high-profile Australians who once walked the same path.

"The night hopes to open the eyes of both students and parents as to how accessible university is and what opportunities it offers,” Payne says.

"FDN will also be showcasing its DVD, profiling a number of successful people from the western suburbs on the night. It includes Anna Cesarano, Director of Dotone House and the daughter of the late Italian immigrant and successful businessman Biaggio Signorelli; Immigration Minister Chris Bowen; Liver Transplant surgeon Dr Charbel Sandroussi; and Business Law student Tania Huynh, amongst others.

“A lot of kids coming through schools in western Sydney at the moment might be the first members of their family to be able to study at university so we hope to demystify any misperceptions and fill any information gaps they have.

“We hope students can identify with these people given their various backgrounds and really encourage them to pursue further study.”

Registration is free for the event, which will also have current students from the University, Payne and his fellow FDN founders and executive Board members among them, on hand to share their experiences and knowledge about how to make the most of what lays beyond the Higher School Certificate.

And, there will also be something for the Rugby League fan on the night.

"Double passes to the NRL grand final, Bulldogs games, clothing apparel from Oxygen and a signed Bulldogs jersey will be given away as prizes on the night,” Payne says.

To register for the FREE parents info night, simply visit www.sydney.edu.au/yourpath.

To find out more about the Future Direction Network, visit www.fdn.net.au.

Date: Wednesday 9th May 2012
Venue: Revesby Workers Club
Time: 6.30pm


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