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Fundraising Dinner at Doltone House

In 2008, the Committee hosted a dinner which raised over $70, 000 to fund projects to increase the awareness of, and research into, mental health illnesses. The dinner was hosted by Nathan’s cousin and Patron of the Committee, Chris Joannou of Silverchair and was held at Doltone House in Jones Bay, Pyrmont with Hewitson Wines and Allens Arthur Robinson as major sponsors. Our near 400 guests were moved and entertained by a performance from the Sydney Street Choir conducted by Jonothan Welch; former ABC journalist Sally Loane shared a touching personal account; and our keynote speaker Professor Ian Hickie of the Brain and Mind Research Institute delivered some startling figures as well as some very important messages. Together with the help of our auctioneer Merrick Watts of NOVA 969 our silent and open auction raised a phenomenal amount to help the following recipients:

The Brain & Mind Research Institute (BMRI) at the University of Sydney was a recipient from the money raised to provide a research scholarship to a PhD student to further research mental illness under the supervision of Professor Ian Hickie.

The Sydney Street Choir was also a recipient. It is now a programme of RecLink Australia. Members of the Sydney Street Choir are homeless or disadvantaged men and women. The funds raised have provided a part-time case worker to help people living on the streets of Sydney who are suffering from mental illnesses.

Fundraising DinnerGuest Speaker
DinnerSydney Street Choir

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Professor Ian Hickie of the Brain and Mind Research Institute's presentation at Allens Arthur Robinson

In January 2009, the summer clerks of law firm Allens Arthur Robinson selected Nathan’s Bequest for the annual clerks charity fundraising function. The firm raised approximately $3,200 for the BMRI to purchase Actiwatches – equipment that is valued at $2000 a piece and 20 were requested.

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  Last updated: 04-Nov-2010