Budding biologists - help needed to get to international competition in Armenia

$12,008 of $56,000 goal
Given by 142 generous donors in 11 weeks

Fundraising for talented young NZ biology students to represent NZ at a prestigious international competition.


Sarah Ellis, Janet Guo, Jacob Miller, & Richard Li are our top NZ secondary school biologists and have been studying hard for the last two years to represent NZ at the International Biology Olympiad competition in Armenia in July. https://ibo2022.org/en/

This prestigious competition brings the best young biologists from more than 75 countries around the world together to compete and inspire, empower and support the next generation of leaders in the life sciences. It is a life-changing experience and NZ 'punches above it's weight', winning medals every year. The normal government funding is on hold due to COVID and these ordinary, hardworking and talented NZ students need $56,000 just for travel, as there are so few flights and routes available. A pretty difficult task to fundraise such a large amount in just 7 weeks. Please help these wonderful young students represent NZ, they will do us proud!

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NZIBO fosters excellence in biology providing University level Biology education to 100's of our top NZ secondary students & selecting a team of 4 to represent NZ at the prestigious annual International Biology Olympiad. (CC41716, NZBN 9429043197804).

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Team registration, airfares, accommodation, meals for the NZ team to attend the IBO in Armenia in July 2022. Any money raised in excess of what is needed to attend the competition will be used for the NZIBO programme, benefiting 100's of talented students.

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Team brings home the medals - 2 Bronze and 2 Silver  18 July 2022

Brilliant news from the 33rd International Biology Olympiad was held in Yerevan, Armenia The NZ team competed against the top four students from 68 different countries in two extremely challenging theory exams and a range of practical tasks from determining the activity of alcohol dehydrogenase, to assessing plant vulnerability to climate change, bioinformatics, and the biosystematics of Armenian freshwater fishes.

Sarah Ellis and Jacob Miller won Bronze medals and Janet Guo and Richard Li won Silver. This is a huge achievement for our team and a tribute to their dedicated study for over 18 months and the support of their teachers, whānau, the NZIBO committee and our university partners. It is also a testament to all of you who supported us when government support was not available, donating through Givealittle, purchasing raffle tickets, and attending fundraisers. Without this support the team could not have competed. We can’t thank our supporters, large and small, enough.

In addition to competing on the world stage, the team has explored Rome, Vatican City, and Yerevan, one of the ancient cities of the world Europe, and learnt Armenian dancing. The chance to meet students from around the globe, share their enthusiasm for Biology, form professional networks in Science, and laugh across language boundaries has been life-changing. The team was led by Dr Angela Sharples (Murupara Area School) and Ms Michelle Isbister (Hauraki Plains Area School) and they are both so proud of this team. Dr Sharples said “They represented New Zealand at the highest level of academic endeavour for secondary school students in the world and rose to the occasion to bring home the medals. It reflects their hard work, perseverance, and sheer biological brilliance”.

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Aunty Merv
Aunty Merv on 28 Jun 2022
Hope all your preparation is going well
New Zealand International Biology Olympiad Incorporated (NZIBO)

Thank you so much. We are almost ready thanks to the generous donations of people like you. We leave on Sunday so it is getting very exciting now. I know the team will represent NZ so well.

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hong on 25 Jun 2022
New Zealand International Biology Olympiad Incorporated (NZIBO)

Helen, thank you the donations from our alumni have been the difference between the team being able to compete and not. We are really grateful

New Zealand International Biology Olympiad Incorporated (NZIBO)
Elizabeth on 23 Jun 2022
New Zealand International Biology Olympiad Incorporated (NZIBO)

We really appreciate your donation Elizabeth. It really helped to get us there

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Leila on 22 Jun 2022
New Zealand International Biology Olympiad Incorporated (NZIBO)

Thanks Leila, your donation has been so important for making this happen and we all really appreciate it

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Leo on 20 Jun 2022
New Zealand International Biology Olympiad Incorporated (NZIBO)

Leo, thank you so much. The support of our alumni and all our other donors is so appreciated and means we are going to be able to compete.

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