As a member of the Nepean Medical Research Foundation's Council since 2001, John Bateman experienced first hand that raising money for a good cause had become increasingly difficult in recent years. Whilst competition from many other worthwhile charities contributed to this, he believed that many people had become somewhat jaded about attending numerous charity golf days, dinner auctions, trivia nights and art shows etc. In 2006 he decided that there had to be an easier way to raise money for a good local cause, particularly as he felt that many people in our area would be prepared to give, without the thought of individual gratification in return, as long as they believed that the cause to which they gave to and the money given would be spent appropriately with tangible results. To raise money for the Foundation he decided to aim high - to approach those people in Penrith who have been really successful in our city.
That is, those that have succeeded in Penrith and ask them to commit to giving, either personally or through their business, a fixed tax deductible amount per year for five years. There were no ball or dinner tables to be bought, no auction items to bid for, no raffle tickets to be purchased- just an opportunity to be part of a significant group of people in Penrith, who believed in celebrating the success that Penrith had given them by making a commitment to give to a very important local organization, whose work would be of great benefit to others in the local community, including those who are close to us. The aim in establishing the Nepean Philanthropist’s was to get 50 people to each commit to contributing $2,500 per annum for five years and in doing so raise more than $600,000 for the researchers at the Nepean Clinical School over that time
Through the generosity of many great locals this has been achieved and the number of Philanthropists has now increased to 60. The aim this financial year is to find 15 more generous locals to join us as Nepean Philanthropist’s so that recurrent funding remains in place for medical research in our local area for many years to come. Since the inception of the Nepean Philanthropist's the University of Sydney has been very generous matching the contributions being made by the first 40 Nepean Philanthropists.
For more information on how you can become involved, please contact Gwen McMaster-Fay (President) or Deanna Melbin (Manager) on (02)4735-2407 or email