Developer makes Australia's biggest charity donation
SYDNEY (AFP) - A wealthy property developer on Wednesday pledged A$50.1 million (S$57 million) to the Queensland Institute of Medical Research in what is believed to be the largest single charitable donation by an Australian.
The gift from 78-year-old Clive Berghofer, a self-made multi-millionaire who left school at 13 to work in a sawmill, comes on top of more than A$10 million he gave to the same facility in 2001.
"Simply put, Clive is a truly great Australian. He has single-handedly transformed medical research in Australia and we will all benefit from his generosity," the institute's director, Frank Gannon, said in a statement.
"Clive Berghofer has recognised that QIMR is a world leader across cancer, infectious diseases and mental health and complex disorders. Our research can only go from strength to strength with financial backing on this scale.