A message from Mater Foundation

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It is common for Annual Review messages to reflect on the past year through the eyes of the organisation, however this year we wanted to share our highlights through the eyes of our donors, supporters and volunteers.

Their stories make up our story.

Sixty-year-old Terry chose to honour his late wife Gerry’s memory—and raise more than $2000 for cancer research at Mater—by taking on the 2015 Climb for Cancer five times. That’s more than 4000 stairs!

Gold Coast parents Kate and Aaron held sausage sizzles and raffles and rallied their local community to raise more than $10 000 in two years for Mater Little Miracles after their daughter Ruby suffered a stroke in utero and was born premature.

In April, 21 fundraisers trekked to the top of Peru’s Machu Picchu and every blister and sore muscle became worth it when they raised $300 000 for prostate cancer research. Among the climbers were Austagencies and Sura Insurance Board Director Craig Patterson who raised $27 601.50, Bechtel’s Tony Bainbridge who raised $23 734.50 and Mater’s Director of Palliative Medicine, Dr Janet Hardy who raised $8000.

Proud Mater Dad Mel welcomed two healthy babies at Mater Mothers, but after hearing stories from our Neonatal Critical Care Unit put the full support of his family’s restaurants and bars behind Mater Little Miracles, raising more than $50 000 in a few years.

Last year also saw the opening of a new seven-bed, high care Stroke Unit (within Mater Centre for Neurosciences) funded by a donation of more than $1 million from The Denis and Eileen McEniery Fund. The donation was made in recognition of four generations of care provided by Mater to the McEniery family.

Often support comes in the form of time and when it comes to volunteering for Mater, Kevin “Kevvy” Enchelmaier sees it as a passion, not a hobby. Named the 2016 Fundraising Institute of Australia Volunteer of the Year, Kevvy joined the Smiling for Smiddy road crew in 2007 and has since volunteered on more than70 rides, missing only one, because it was the same weekend as his son’s wedding.

It’s not just individuals who give their time and support to Mater—organisations also strengthened their ties with us in 2015.

Lions Clubs of Australia donated more than $200 000 for prostate cancer research and Golden Casket boosted our neonatal research with a $500 000 donation. IGA continued its support of Mater Little Miracles as major sponsor of both the IGA Mater Little Miracles Easter Appeal and IGA Lord Mayor’s Christmas Carols.

We know that it is compassion which drives people to engage with Mater; to donate to our campaigns; to buy tickets in our lotteries; and to participate in our events.

These acts of compassion will continue to change the lives of thousands of men and women, mums and dads, husbands and wives, sons and daughters, and friends each year.

We remain eternally grateful to all of our donors, supporters and volunteers for their ongoing generosity and support of Mater Foundation and know that together we are working to better the
lives of Queenslanders—today and tomorrow.

Nigel Harris

Chief Executive Officer, Mater Foundation

Phil Hennessy

Chair, Mater Foundation

From January 2015 to June 2016, Mater Foundation recorded a surplus of $26.6 million and distributed $23.7 million in grants to Mater.