The Fiona Elsey Cancer Research Institute announced today at the Ballarat Technology Park that renowned Melbourne philanthropist, Primrose Lady Potter AC, has accepted the honorary position of Patron of Institute. This patronage is hoped to highlight the research of the Ballarat Institute to a wider audience.
Lady Potter has had a significant career of service in the support and development of philanthropy in Australia and in the administration of many organisations of which she has supported. This including previously as Director and Victorian Chairman of the Australian Elizabethan Theatre Trust 1989-91; Director of the Bell Shakespeare Company 1990-91; a Trustee of American Friends of the National Gallery of Australia since 1989; National President of the Australian Ballet Special Events Committee 1993; member of the Howard Florey Institute; member of the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research; Director of the Ian Potter Museum of Art from 1999; and Life Governor of the Ian Potter Foundation. Lady Potter was founding Honorary Patron of the Melba Foundation, Founding Patron of the Victorian Opera Company, and Patron of the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art.
Lady Potter will be accompanied to the Institute with friends, AFL identity, Sam Newman and musical theatre icon and author, Roland Rocchiccioli.
Professor George Kannourakis, Director of the Fiona Elsey Cancer Research Institute said “We are fortunate and humbled to have Primrose Lady Potter accept the patronage of the Institute. We are grateful for her interest in our work here in Ballarat and look forward to working with her in expanding our profile.”
“As a community funded organisation, the Institute relies on the generous support of donors to continue and grow. We are proud to be Australia’s only regionally based cancer research facility, based in Ballarat. We are an example that internationally recognised research can be performed outside of the metropolitan centres.” said Professor Kannourakis.