Minderoo Foundation today announced a $20 million cash pledge to support the first Children’s Comprehensive Cancer Centre ever built in Australia.
The $658 million development, which will form part of the Randwick Health and Education Precinct in Sydney, was announced in 2019 as a collaboration between the New South Wales government and Commonwealth government, together with a number of additional partners.
As part of the development, the Children’s Cancer Institute and Sydney Children’s Hospitals Foundation each committed $25 million, and the University of New South Wales is providing a $30 million in-kind contribution.
Minderoo Foundation’s $20 million contribution is the first commitment towards the $50 million philanthropic funding goal and reinforces the role philanthropy can play in advancing research, discovery and delivery of world-leading care to children with cancer.
Minderoo Foundation Chairman Dr Andrew Forrest AO and Co-Chair Nicola Forrest AO, who were in Sydney for today’s announcement, said they would help drive the campaign to raise the extra $30 million.
Dr Forrest said, “Nicola and I are proud to support generous Australians and organisations help build what will become a world leading collaboration. We are encouraged by that great Australian spirit of generosity and achieving together the goal of making children’s cancer non-fatal.”
Mrs Forrest said, “We are proud to be leading the way in helping to realise this extraordinary vision, and invite our fellow passionate Australians to help ensure this world-leading centre reaches its full potential, saving the lives of children with cancer.”
When opened, the facility will be named the Minderoo Children’s Comprehensive Cancer Centre.
The 20,000 sqm centre — a partnership between the Kid’s Cancer Centre, Sydney Children’s Hospital Randwick, Children’s Cancer Institute and University of New South Wales — will be the first of its kind in Australia: a fully integrated cancer centre, combining world-leading clinical care with ground-breaking research and education to change the face of paediatric cancer, and ultimately, put an end to childhood cancer.
An announcement of a further $67 million investment by the federal government and Minderoo Foundation to expand ZERO to all Australian children with cancer by end 2023 was made recently. This included a further $12.2 million from Minderoo alongside the federal government’s $54.8 million and was in addition to Minderoo’s prior $5 million investment in ZERO made back in 2017.
Established by Andrew and Nicola Forrest in 2001, we are a modern philanthropic organisation seeking to break down barriers, innovate and drive positive, lasting change. Minderoo Foundation is proudly Australian, with key initiatives spanning from ocean research and ending slavery, to collaboration in cancer and community projects.