Giuliani visit to help Queensland hospital charities


Bank of Queensland announced today that it would donate charity funds from the prestigious corporate function featuring "Person of the Year", former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani, to the Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital Foundation, the Royal Children's Hospital Foundation and the Wesley Research Institute.


Managing Director David Liddy said the Bank would donate all of its profits from the corporate lunch, and hold charity auctions, to benefit the three key hospital foundations.


"This is expected to be the biggest corporate lunch in Queensland this year, and Mr Giuliani and the Bank of Queensland want to make sure that there is a lasting legacy for the people of Queensland," Mr Liddy said.


The inaugural Bank of Queensland Corporate Charity Event will be held at the Brisbane Convention Centre on August 22. Up to 2000 people are expected to attend and tickets are available from the Convention centre by phoning (07) 3308 3495.


"We are overwhelmed to have someone of Mr Giuliani's world standing and international reputation here in Brisbane, and are delighted that Bank of Queensland was able to make the function possible," Mr Liddy said.


Mr Giuliani was named Time Magazine's 2001 "Person of the Year", knighted by the Queen of England and dubbed "Rudy the Rock" by French President Jacques Chirac.


His inspirational leadership of the city through some of its most trying times has formed the basis of a world-wide best-selling book, entitled "Leadership", which has spent 20 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list.


"This function will be the only opportunity for the people of Brisbane to hear and see Mr Giuliani, and is, quite frankly, an unparalleled opportunity to learn from one of the most respected civic leaders of his generation," Mr Liddy said.


The function will be held on Friday, August 22, in The Great Hall at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre from midday. Tickets are $195 and can be obtained through the Business Services Department at the Convention Centre or by phoning 07 3308 3495.