There are few people who can claim they’ve had as an exciting career as Kerry O’Brien. The renowned journalist of fifty years has been around the world for his work, interviewing the likes of Nelson Mandela, Bette Midler and Robin Williams for his roles on The 7:30 Report and Four Corners.
The Foundation was fortunate enough to have Mr O’Brien join us as keynote speaker for our Life & Times Function last week. Hosted by board chair Bernard Curran, it included corporate partners, friends and supporters of The Common Good, all coming together to hear about the incredible leadership and inspiring journey of Kerry O’Brien. Mr O'Brien was also announced as a new ambassador for our initiative, The Common Good.
Guests were also able to hear about some of the breakthrough, life-changing research being carried out by Dr Eamonn Eeles. Collaborating with CSIRO and other major stakeholders, Dr Eeles is part of a major dementia research project, looking at new ways to scan for early onset of the horrible disease.
A huge thank you to everyone who was involved in the planning and running of the event, and a special thanks to BDO, Hentley Farm and Dello Mano, for providing the venue, refreshments and small gifts for all of our guests.
You can read more about Dr Eeles’ dementia research and support the project here.
Remember the star of The Unforgettable Run, Richard Bettles? Last year he completed the Ultra Trail du Mont-Blanc, an ultramarathon run throughout the French, Italian and Swiss Alps regarded as one of the most difficult runs of all time. This was all done in the name of dementia research, raising nearly a thoursand hours of research time.
Well, Richard is back this year, and taking part in one of the most prestigious trail runs known to man. The Western States Endurance Run is a 161-kilometre (100 mile) race that takes part in California, with only 68% of its participants making it to the finish line in 2015. Richard is one of the 3% of applicants that have been chosen to take part this year, and he’s training to complete it in less than 24 hours.
He hopes to raise enough to fund 700 hours of dementia research, and he needs you to help make it happen. Join Richard and researchers in the ultimate Race Against Time, to help battle a disease that will take hold of nearly 1 million Australians by 2050.
There is less than two months to go until the annual Royal Queensland Show, also known as the EKKA! We will be back again this year serving up the iconic Strawberry Sundaes to help raise money for The Common Good.
Last year we sold over 130,000 Strawberry Sundaes, raising money to fund more than 3700 hours of crucial medical research! This worked out to be about 19,000 litres of delicious LICK! Ice cream (or 85 bathtubs!), 140,000 fresh wafer cones, 10 tonnes of home-grown Queensland strawberries and 1900 litres of fresh cream. Wow!
We couldn’t have done it without the dedicated support of nearly 3,000 volunteers, and this year we need YOU to sign up to be a part of this important event. If you have a few hours to scoop ice cream and help battle chronic disease, head to our website and register your interest to become one of our amazing EKKA volunteers!