Indian Executive Club sponsors and members were hosted by Lady Southey recently at the Myers family home, “Cranlana”. Lady Marigold Southey AC is the founding patron of the Monash Children’s Hospital and has dedicated a lifetime of service to the community of Victoria, serving as Lieutenant-Governor of Victoria from 2001 to 2006, President of Philanthropy Australia from 2000 to 2006 and President of the Myer Foundation from 1997 to 2004.
The IEC will be supporting the Monash Children’s Hospital Foundation as its charity partner at this year’s awards. Chairman of IEC Vinay Sharma said,“The IEC awards continue to evolve and this year being the 6th edition, we are pleased to say that we now have the capability and capacity to support a major charity in Australia. We are delighted to support the Monash Children Foundation and we look forward to our members, networks and sponsors support in creating the awareness of this important foundation.”
Some of the many sponsors who attended the meeting included Frank and Anuj Jain from Pitcher Partners, Andrew Clarke from Aitken Partners and Shiva from D’Omkara.
On 2 November, Lady Southey will tour the new Monash Children’s Hospital with IEC Awards finalists to engage with the Indian community and to actively encourage fund-raising for the hospital which will serve the needs of the community in the South East of Victoria, including a large part of the Indian diaspora that have settled in this region.
Monash Children’s Hospital is a partner in the Victorian Paediatric Clinical Network and co-delivers Victoria’s most important care in oncology, child protection, rehabilitation, neonatal intensive care, paediatric intensive care, surgery, orthopaedic and palliative care. Monash Children’s Hospital is part of Monash Health, Victoria’s largest healthcare service.
Nesan Naidoo, member of the Monash Children’s Hospital Foundation, said, “This facility is much needed in our region. It is heartening to see the great work of our local doctors who work tirelessly in service to our sick children. This new hospital has been built to a world class standard and it is imperative that our local communities support this initiative. There are many children and patients who have wonderful stories to share about their own experiences at the hospital. I call upon our communities to get involved and think about how each of us can extend a hand in raising funds for the hospital.”
Building on a 120-year history from the Queen Victoria Hospital, the Monash Children’s Hospital service is one of the busiest in Australia. The hospital already delivers high level and complex care and thanks to the Victorian Government’s investment.
Construction of the 230-bed hospital which includes a helipad on the roof, commenced in July 2014 and will be opened in early 2017.