Rudy Giuliani charity event provides lasting legacy for Queenslanders

Bank of Queensland’s inaugural Corporate Charity Event with one of the world’s most distinguished leaders, former New York Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani has left a lasting legacy for the people of Queensland by providing three hospital charities with a generous donation.


Bank of Queensland Managing Director David Liddy presented the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital Foundation, the Royal Children’s Hospital Foundation Queensland and The Wesley Research Institute with a cheque for almost $174,000 at Bank of Queensland’s Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital branch today.


“This was the biggest sit-down lunch ever in Queensland and both Mr Giuliani and Bank of Queensland wanted to make sure that there was a lasting legacy for the people of Queensland,” Mr Liddy said.


“With fantastic support from the people of Brisbane with more than 2000 guests attending the charity event we are delighted that this was possible.


“Bank of Queensland’s contribution of $50,000 helped to bring the total donation amount to $173,900 for the three charities,” David said.


Chairman of the Royal Brisbane And Women’s Hospital Foundation, Tim Harrington said the funds allocated to the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital Foundation by Bank of Queensland will be directed to medical research at Queensland’s principal teaching hospital, the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital.


“The investment by Bank of Queensland in underwriting this unique high profile fundraising event is to be applauded, and has certainly set a benchmark for partnerships between charities and the corporate sector in Brisbane,” Mr Harrington said.


“The Giuliani luncheon event is yet another reason why we are proud to use Bank of Queensland for Foundation banking throughout Queensland,” he said.


Director of the Wesley Research Institute, Professor Julie Campbell said the donation the Institute received from the event would be used to establish the Bank of Queensland Medical Research Fellowship.


“With heart disease being the main cause of death in Australia the Fellowship will provide the funds for a cardiovascular researcher to be employed part-time by the Institute over a two-year period to research innovative techniques for early diagnosis, prevention and new and improved treatments,” Professor Campbell said.


Chief Executive Officer of the Royal Children’s Hospital Foundation Queensland, Karen Murphy said the Foundation will use the donation to continue making a difference to the lives of sick and injured children by undertaking vital research and other initiatives.


“I would like to pay tribute to David Liddy and Bank of Queensland for their exceptional support, as well as our Foundation staff and the many volunteers who helped to make the event a resounding success,” Karen said.