Luis Orp (State Custodian), Alyssa Jones (The Vodafone Foundation), Mr Jurgen Eckel, Geoff Coombes (Tour de Cure), Rod Wills (Great Xpectations), Adam Daff and James Wilkinson (The Intermedia Group)
Media Release: 18 February 2016
The Garvan Research Foundation is hosting its annual Champion Awards, on Wednesday 17 February. The awards celebrate the commitment of various community and corporate partners to breakthrough medical research.
2015 marked an incredible year for the Garvan Research Foundation, thanks to support that included the launch of a smartphone app that speeds up cancer research; a Sydney to Hobart participant flying the prostate cancer research banner and the overwhelming generosity of organisations and individuals who give their time, talent and funds to support Garvan’s vital medical research.
“The Garvan Research Foundation facilitates the vital funding needed by scientists at the Garvan Institute to continue their ground breaking work into some of the biggest diseases affecting society today. As a Foundation, we wouldn’t be able to provide this financial assistance without the support of our corporate and community partners.
“Whether through event sponsorship, grants and awards or innovative fundraising campaigns, we are privileged to work with a really diverse range of corporate and community groups. We’re all working to achieve a common goal, understanding more about the diseases affecting us today and how to best detect, diagnose and treat them,” said Mr Andrew Giles, CEO of the Garvan Research Foundation.
This year, the Garvan Research Foundation is honouring the contribution of six particular partners and individuals who have made tangible contributions to Garvan. They are:
The Vodafone Foundation: Garvan and the Vodafone Foundation launched DreamLab, an Android smartphone app that gives Australians the power to help fast track a cure for cancer while they sleep at night. By pooling the processing power of Australian mobile devices, DreamLab works as a smartphone supercomputer and helps speed up Garvan’s breast, ovarian, prostate and pancreatic cancer research.
Rod Wills and the crew of Great Xpectations: Rod Wills, owner and skipper of Great Xpectations is a prostate cancer survivor. Rod and his crew set sail on the ocean racing yacht under a “prostate cancer research” banner in support of Garvan. The crew took on the 2015 Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race to raise funds and awareness for Garvan’s prostate cancer researchers.
State Custodians: State Custodians is Young Garvan's Platinum Sponsor. Young Garvan is a volunteer group of young professionals (predominantly 25-35) who first came together in 2003 to support and raise awareness of Garvan’s work, as well as raise funds to support Garvan’s young scientists.
Mr Gordon Eckel: After 12 years on the Young Garvan committee, four as chair, Gordon is stepping down for a well-earned break. Gordon played an important role in the committee and was a driving force behind the committee’s achievements over the years.
The Intermedia Group: Focussed on B2B advertising, The Intermedia Group provided support to Garvan around the Hotel Management (HM) Awards, of which Love Your Sister and the Garvan Research Foundation were the chosen charity.
Tour de Cure: Tour de Cure is a cancer charity that runs cycling tours to raise awareness and funds to help cure cancer. Since 2007, Tour de Cure has raised in excess of $21 million and contributed funds to more than 240 cancer research, support and prevention projects. Garvan is honoured to be one of those recipients.
Communications Coordinator, Garvan Research Foundation
M: 0437 282 467