Lasting Legacy Fund set to ensure a healthier future for Geelong

Lasting Legacy Fund set to ensure a healthier future for Geelong
Emma and son Albie with the Lasting Legacy Tree.

The Barwon Health Foundation has launched a Lasting Legacy Fund to provide an opportunity for families to invest in and grow Barwon Health’s services for future generations.

To kick off the fund, the Barwon Health Foundation is appealing for 500 people or families to contribute $500 to the fund. The fund will be invested, giving back indefinitely to the future generations using Barwon Health’s services.

Board Chair Dan Simmonds explained the Barwon Health Foundation’s goal is to ensure the community have access to the best possible healthcare, with secure funding for the health needs of tomorrow.

‘The people of Geelong deserve an all-encompassing health service that is able to provide every type of care at any stage in one’s life. Our dream is to make that a reality.

“Future investment in our health service is needed and I urge our community to support the Lasting Legacy Appeal.”

Growing and enhancing the services provided at Barwon Health in the future is close to the heart of local mum Emma Moore. 

Emma’s son Albie was born with a number of health complications affecting his major organs, bones, and immune and endocrine function. He requires daily intervention to do basic tasks such as eating, breathing, toileting, communicating
and with mobility. Click here to read Albie's story.

Specialists believe there is a genetic cause for Albie’s medical challenges, but tests have failed to identify the exact cause, meaning there is no guide as to what the future holds for Albie.

Emma‘s dream is to have access to all the services Albie requires closer to home, and without needing to travel to Melbourne for treatment on a regular basis.

“While the future is uncertain for Albie, one thing we know for certain is that he will require medical intervention and hospitalisation throughout his life,” Emma explained.

“We are so thankful that some of this can occur in Geelong, by the amazing team at Barwon Health.”

The Barwon Health Foundation’s vision is to provide all of Albie’s care in Geelong, with the community’s support of the Living Legacy Fund.

Everyone who makes a donation of $500 or more will have their name displayed alongside a tree to be planted at University Hospital Geelong to symbolise the launch of the Lasting Legacy Fund.

For more information or dicuss the wording on the Lasting Legacy Tree contact Sara at the Barwon Health Foundation on 4215 8907.

Albie and the tree