It has been a good year for the Intensive Care Foundation (ICF) as we re-invigorated our fundraising efforts with a very successful event held in March at the Myer family home, Cranlana. This inspiring event was made possible through the generosity of the Myer family, especially Dr Dashiell Gantner FCICM. This was supported with the expert assistance and hard work of Dame Janet Spooner OAM DJSJ.
This event has raised in excess of $100,000 with many ongoing commitments of more funds in the future. Thanks to the generous contributions and hard work of all, we are proud that 100% of all donations will go to the long term sustainable fund with earnings purely for Foundation grants.
Mr and Mrs Carillo & Ziyin Gantner AO have continued to be great supporters of the Intensive Care Foundation by commissioning a music event run by Musica Viva Australia with the very talented musicians, the Arcadia Winds. This event, held at The Edge in Federation Square, saw the world premiere of a music piece “I See You” composed by Sam Wu inspired by and dedicated to our Intensive Care Workers who worked so hard and gave so much during the Pandemic.
We have recently been saddened by the passing of Peter Bunn. He was on the ICF Board for 7 years (1997-2003) and during that time he was the key factor in enabling a $1.5million donation from the ANZ bank. This has been the largest donation so far and has a been a major factor in the Foundations success. Peter died of multiple sclerosis but, thanks to his determination, and medical help, including stays in intensive care, he led a high quality life and lived far longer than expected.
In 2024, we are planning further fundraising events in Victoria, NSW and Queensland,
all directed towards our goal of achieving $10million in sustainable investments that will fund our research work.
Prof David Tuxen
Chair of the Victorian Intensive Care Foundation Fundraising Committee