Lung cancer research at the Olivia Newton-John Cancer Research Institute will be significantly advanced by a $100,000 donation from Freemasons Victoria in conjunction with Freemasons Foundation Victoria.
Lodge Amicus raised $56,000 at their Venetian Carnevale Ball held on Saturday 6 February. More than 450 guests enjoyed the night featuring the music of the Tony Cursio Showband and Dancers with 3AW’s Tony Tardio as MC for the evening.
The Freemasons Foundation Victoria supported Lodge Amicus’s extraordinary efforts by contributing $44,000 to bring the total to $100,000.
An official presentation, hosted by 3AW’s Tony Tardio, was held at the Olivia Newton-John Research Institute in Heidelberg on Wednesday 9 March.
Deputy Grand Master RWBro. Don Reynolds made the presentation on behalf of all Victorian Freemasons, in conjunction with Mario and Dianne Zanetti of Lodge Amicus and David Gibbs a Director of the Freemasons Foundation Victoria.
Medical Oncologist Associate Professor Thomas John accepted the donation on behalf of the Olivia Newton-John Cancer Research Institute.
The Carnevale feel was maintained during the presentation when piano accordionist Angelo Marchese was joined by singer Tony Cursio to entertain those in attendance.
“We are incredibly grateful to Freemasons Victoria and to the members of Lodge Amicus for this generous donation”, Thomas said. “Without funding and support, the Centre would not be capable of providing the research into the development of new treatments that it is renowned for”.
The Olivia Newton-John Cancer & Wellness Centre was established in 2013 after the Austin Hospital Board recognised that the new hospital tower, completed in 2005, would not be large enough to include its extensive cancer service.
Much loved Australian entertainer and breast cancer survivor Olivia Newton-John was approached to assist in gaining public support for a purpose-built cancer centre. Completed in 2013, the $189 million Centre was made possible by philanthropic and government support as well as members of the pubic who collectively contributed more than $17 million towards the project.
The Centre’s design and treatment philosophy is to offer innovative treatment, with experienced health professionals utilising the latest equipment. Researchers and clinical staff work closely together so that patients benefit more quickly from the latest scientific discoveries.
Research is central to the Olivia Newton-John Cancer & Wellness Centre’s increasing success with the prevention, treatment and cure of cancer, and support for those living with cancer; however funds are still needed to support research programs and wellness therapies, which do not qualify for government funding.
To find out how you can support the Olivia Newton-John Cancer and Wellness Centre just like Freemasons Victoria has, visit http://www.austin.org.au/cancer