On Wednesday 3 April the Parliamentary Education Charitable Trust, sponsored by Sir Owen Glenn, was formally launched at Parliament. The purpose is to provide opportunities for members of Parliament to build their knowledge and skills for their role in targeted ways – including being more effective select committee members, Chairs and spokespeople, and being more able to provide robust scrutiny and effective opposition.
Sir Owen Glenn has committed $450kNZ to this initiative because he believes that “such an investment in education will enhance our nation’s representative democracy.”
Sarah McLaughlinLaunch of the Parliamentary Education Charitable Trust
Dr Catherine Han is an NZ trained medical oncologist and clinician-scientist with a strong interest in cancer research and personalised cancer therapy, and was awarded the Sir Owen Glenn Clinical Research Fellowship in the Auckland Cancer Society Research Centre (ACSRC), University of Auckland, from mid-2015 until the end of 2018.
Sarah McLaughlinSir Owen Glenn Clinical Research Fellowship
GFF is collaborating with the MD Anderson Cancer Center for the first MDA global program conference in Australia. In Spring 2020, GFF will provide support by hosting the conference Leadership Meeting, a pre-conference Symposium and two networking events in Sydney, Australia. MDA is one of the world’s most respected centers devoted exclusively to cancer patient care, research, education, prevention and liver cancer specialists. The annual conference highlights and facilitates global collaborations with a focus on clinical and translational research, population health and government engagement. Due to Sir Owen’s involvement, the University of Auckland Medical School and the Sir Owen G. Glenn Liver Cancer Research Center representatives will speak and be highlighted at the symposium.
This month, GFF Patron/USA Rep., Lauren Pittman will attend the 2019 conference in Houston, Texas to meet with the executives, gather information and report back to Sir Owen for the planning of the 2020 conference. Among leading specialists (to be disclosed on a future date) Dr. Michael Kupferman will be in attendance. He is the Senior Vice President of Clinical and Academic Network Development at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. In this role, Dr. Kupferman leads the development, management and growth of clinical oncology and research programs across the Cancer Network, inclusive of domestic and international partnerships.
Sir Owen was impressed by the level of expertise, care and success he had as a patient of MDA. He is looking forward to hosting MDA and its global network collaborate to develop impactful, innovative ideas and research that help lessen the world’s cancer burden and save lives.
Keep your eye out for further information and developments of this worthy initiative.
Sarah McLaughlinGFF to host MD Anderson Cancer Center’s First Global Conference in Australia
Image: Left to right- Associate Professor Amany Zekry, Sir Owen Glenn and Professor Emad El-Omar.
Sir Owen G. Glenn. contributed $3 million to the St George and Sutherland Medical Research Foundation– (the largest single private donation they had ever received) to help launch a program that’s ultimate aim is to prevent liver cancer and will also work to improve cancer treatment after it has developed.
Sarah McLaughlinSir Owen Glenn Liver Cancer Research Program
Image: AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND – DECEMBER 03: Sir Owen Glenn and David Liti pose for a photo during the 2018 New Zealand Olympic Committee Gala at the Sky City Convention Centre on December 03, 2018 in Auckland, New Zealand. (Photo by Anthony Au-Yeung/Getty Images for the NZOC)
Sir Owen Glenn has announced a new legacy project which will see more children around the country inspired to get involved in sport.
The ‘Sir Owen Glenn Olympic Legacy’ will support a series of youth focused leadership initiatives run by the New Zealand Olympic Committee.
One of the initiatives set to benefit is the New Zealand Olympic Ambassadors programme, which sees past and present Olympians share their stories with school children around the country. It is one of several New Zealand Olympic education programmes that will receive a huge boost from Sir Owen’s $3 million legacy donation.
Sarah McLaughlinSir Owen Glenn Olympic Legacy announced
Last year the Glenn Family Foundation (GFF) awarded AUD150 000 for the purchase of specialist equipment, a water pump and over 1500 cataract and other surgical procedures in India and Myanmar.
The funding has enabled the local hospital to improve a number of critically important services. For the small cost of $2, the new lab can perform blood tests to assess the status of diabetes, the kidneys, the liver, and exclude anaemias and other disorders. It is important to manage these other issues alongside eye treatment.
Sarah McLaughlinRestoring Sight in India and Myanmar
Home in Kalibo, Philippines, ready to receive solar.
The Glenn Family Foundation is providing solar-powered solutions for people without access to electricity. We have selected the tried and tested D-Light which is the largest distributed solar lighting brand in off-grid communities. These solar solutions are transforming the way people all over the world use and pay for energy.
There is an off-grid solar energy revolution happening in small communities all over the world and we want to accelerate this viable alternative to traditional electricity systems by donating systems to those in the most rural areas, with a pilot project currently underway in Aklan, Philippines. Our plans are to begin larger roll outs in Philippines and India, followed by Nepal.
Clean water, basic toilets and good hygiene practices are essential for the prevention of disease. Today, there are around 2.4 billion people globally who do not have access to adequate sanitation, and 663 million who do not have access to safe water sources.