The People’s Choice Top 10 Gifts Announced


Tuesday 29 October 2013


news-nurses.jpgEpworth HealthCare is delighted with today’s announcement that it won the people’s choice award in the vote for the top ten philanthropic gifts out of the top 50 line-up named by Pro Bono Australia on 14 October.


The Top 50 Philanthropic Gifts project was initiated by The Myer Family Company, The Myer Foundation and Sidney Myer Fund, Pro Bono Australia, Philanthropy Australia and the Asia-Pacific Centre for Social Investment and Philanthropy at Swinburne University of Technology, to showcase Australia’s most significant philanthropic achievements.


Back in 1920, a donation of £6,000 by Sir Aaron Danks led to the purchase of the palatial 13-room mansion in Erin Street, Richmond. Renovations to convert the mansion into a Methodist hospital cost £3,324, part of which was donated by a local GP, Dr Georgina Sweet and her father, in memory of their mother and wife Dr Margaret Sweet who died during the 1919 influenza epidemic.


 The establishment of the Epworth Hospital was the popular winner followed in second place by a turn-of-the-century philanthropic gift to South Australians via the Wyatt Trust.


 English Surgeon Dr William Wyatt was motivated by witnessing some of the early South Australian settlers struggle through hardship and poverty, as well as overcoming his own personal adversity.


 For the past 126 years the Wyatt Trust has supported South Australians in need by providing tens of thousands of grants ranging from £5 to more than $2 million. 


 Third place went to the more modern day establishment of the Human Rights Law Centre in January 2006. The HRLC became the first legal centre in Australia dedicated to human rights law.


 “The Top 50 Gifts celebrates Australia’s most significant philanthropic achievements from the 1800s until today,” Head of Philanthropic Services for the Myer Family Company, Peter Winneke, said.


 “Each gift has been responsible for shaping Australian society, culture and public policy in areas including the arts, environment, health, housing, science and education.”


 Here’s the Top 10 People’s Choice Philanthropic Gifts of All Time:


  1. Establishment of the Epworth Hospital
  2. Wyatt Trust (The)
  3. Establishment of the Human Rights Law Centre
  4. Establishment of the Royal Botanic Gardens Australian Garden, Cranbourne
  5. Bush Heritage Australia
  6. No Interest Loan Scheme (NILS)
  7. Miles Franklin Literary Award
  8. Establishment of Burnside Homes
  9. Establishment and Launch of The Heart Foundation of Australia
  10. Multi-channel Cochlear Implant - Electrical Stimulation of the Hearing Nerve