The power of your gold coin

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Mega gifts are great, but don’t forget the power of your gold coin.

A $400 million donation to charities and cancer research was announced and unveiled by Andrew ‘Twiggy’ Forrest, WA-based Fortescue Metals Group chairman, and his wife Nicola, Monday morning.

This donation was named the single largest philanthropic donation by a living person in Australian history.

Significant philanthropic donations from generous individuals such as Mr Forrest’s are sought after and celebrated by charities and the community. However, small gifts from large groups of passionate people are making a positive difference to patients every day.

“We are so proud of our community’s involvement in supporting Wesley Medical Research. We look forward to working with Wesley Medical Research to raise more money for their lifesaving research programs,” said Glen McAnulty, General Manager of Indooroopilly Shopping Centre.

An example is a new project for the treatment of ovarian cancer. This clinical trial at Wesley Medical Research is the absolute last hope for many patients with relapsing ovarian cancer. The first patient on the trial is a mother and this new treatment will hopefully buy her more time with her family.

Ovarian cancer is sometimes called the silent killer due to the lack of symptoms. 50% of diagnosed ovarian cancer patients relapse within 1-2 years under current chemotherapy treatment.

“Large donations are remarkable, but small gifts also hold a lot of potential. Indooroopilly shoppers recently raised money for the purchase of a defibrillator for our research unit,” said Prof David Paterson, Chief Executive Officer of Wesley Medical Research.


By Katherine Chau (published 23 May 2017)

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