John D Head – Regular Giver
Steadfast Garvan donor John D. Head first became aware of Garvan as a frequenter of Darlinghurst’s cafe Coluzzi Bar for 25 years. This exposure was enhanced through close friendships with medically oriented friends allowing John an entrée into the standard of research conducted within the institute.
Prior to this however, John’s attitude towards philanthropy was shaped by personal experiences in third world countries, through which he travelled for the better part of eleven years. “You realise just how good our system is. We have access to amazing clinicians and facilities which is made possible not only through government grants, but through generous giving.”
John signed up for Garvan’s regular giving program in 1998, a program he feels to be mutually beneficial. He prefers to channel his donations through our regular giving program noting: "I don't miss the small amounts of money each month, compared to a large donation at tax time." For Garvan, it means we are better positioned to financially forecast for the essential novel projects and core facilities not covered by government grants.
Further to John's significant contribution, the Garvan would like to thank John Head Snr who also gives to the Garvan; and family and friends who gave in memory of John's late mother Hope Head.
“As a family we had talked about some of these issues beforehand. My mother had a particular interest in Alzheimer’s as her sister was afflicted at an early age, so she asked that we donate to Garvan rather than buy flowers. It was the Garvan’s own good work that convinced them.”