Trinity Hall travels – Australia and Hong Kong

Trinity Hall dog in Perth

By Rachelle Stretch, Development Director

Over the past couple of weeks the Master and I have met with over 200 Cambridge alumni in Australia and Hong Kong. We started with a wonderful dinner for Trinity Hall alumni in Perth, kindly hosted by Mladen Ninkov, with an excellent introduction to Australian wines.

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Alumni Development Director and the Master in Perth

We may have been greeted by cooler weather in Melbourne but there was a warm welcome. The Master spoke at the Cambridge Society of Victoria’s annual black tie dinner. His talk on “College cats and Cambridge eccentricities” drew a record crowd of 150 people and we were pleased to be able to meet with 30 Trinity Hall alumni at drinks beforehand. We were also able to have further discussions to develop links with the law school at the University of Melbourne.

Then it was on to Sydney where we had meetings with several alumni – updating people on news from Trinity Hall and discussing how we can develop College connections overseas. We were privileged to have the amazing Sydney harbour as the backdrop for these meetings. We held a dinner for 20 TH alums on the first night at the RAC and the Master spoke to the Cambridge Society of New South Wales on the second night.

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The Master travelling to the annual Hong Kong dinner at the Royal Yacht Club

We then continued onto Hong Kong for our annual visit. We had meetings with the WYNG Foundation and Philomathia Foundation who kindly continue to support the College. We also held a dinner for alumni and friends at the Royal Yacht Club. Thanks to Gail Southward for helping to organise the venue which offered great views of the harbour. We had 31 alumni attend and we were pleased to see many alumni at the dinner for the first time, as well as the regulars partying until late!

As always we are grateful for the warm welcome and hospitality when we travel and we look forward to returning.

There is no rest as we head back to Cambridge: the THA are holding their annual dinner in College tomorrow and then the academic year begins again and we will be welcoming the Freshers into the Trinity Hall community – a community of over 8,000 alumni in 97 countries across the world. We look forward to meeting with more of you next year.