The St Vincent’s Healing, Hope and Humanity Fund helps care for patients unable to pay for urgent and sometimes lifesaving medical treatment and medication. It supports the pledge made by our founding Sisters of Charity: to care for everyone equally, regardless of wealth, religion or nationality.
The Fund achieved nationwide attention over Christmas when the media highlighted the plight of St Vincent’s patient Khaidir Abu Jalil, a foreign temporary worker who had contracted a serious disease resulting in a loss of employment, his working visa, and the medical insurance associated with his placement. Mr Abu Jalil had no source of income and could not return home for treatment due to COVID-19 restrictions.
The response from the public was uplifting, with people as far away as Europe and the Americas coming forward to help “top-up” the Healing, Hope and Humanity Fund. Thanks to the extraordinary generosity of so many individuals, Khaidir and others like him are now able to receive the life-saving treatment they need.
At the same time, Australian Rock legend and former patient Jimmy Barnes generously agreed to act as Ambassador for our Christmas appeal. Having earlier recorded the song “With a Little Help from My Friends” as a thank you video to the Hospital’s clinicians and staff, he was again pleased to support the Hospital over Christmas. Thank you Jimmy!
With generous support, through the Christmas appeal and other fundraising efforts, the Foundation raised more than $500,000 towards our Healing, Hope and Humanity Fund.
However, hospital treatment and medicine can be expensive and this short-term top-up will not last long. If you are able to assist, we invite you to pledge your continued support with a monthly donation. As little as $20 a month can make a huge difference to those in need over the long term. For more information, please contact Michael Gleeson at the Foundation on 1800 800 595, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.