It is hard to put into words the gratitude I feel after the year the Foundation has experienced. An extraordinary year where the community have rallied around our mission to cure paralysis for all and we are now on the cusp of a Cell Transplantation and Rehabilitation Human Clinical Trial happening.
There have been so many highlights;
- $1.33 million in operating profit, before investment in research, raised throughout the year eclipsing last year’s record of $790,000.
- Committing $849,000 into research at Griffith University, including completing the second rehabilitation trial (Intensive Long-Term Rehabilitation Trial: Testing the Prehab Stage) and the purchase and donation to Griffith University of the LiveCyte Microscope at a cost of $400,000.
- Achieving our best fundraising results at the 2023 Gala Dinner where $600,000 was raised in a single night. Donations were subsequently doubled by philanthropists Nicola and Andrew Forrest, bringing the total raised to $1 million.
- Developing our Volunteer Ambassador Speaking Program and witnessing these dedicated volunteers having an impact in the community.
We still have some fundraising to do to reach the trial budget and of course we can’t predict what will happen in terms of trial results. Despite the uncertainty, we still have to celebrate this moment.
I want to sincerely thank those who have shared their story, our partners at Griffith University and Making Strides, the SCI community, our donors and the many incredible philanthropists who have supported our work.
‘Everything Is Possible’
– Perry Cross