Sunday, 12 July 2015

Senator the Hon. Michael Ronaldson
Minister for Veterans' Affairs
Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Centenary of ANZAC
Special Minister of State


The invaluable contribution to the health and wellbeing of the veteran community made by Sir Edward ‘Weary’ Dunlop was commemorated in Melbourne today, marking the 30th anniversary of the creation of his Foundation and the launch of its annual fundraising appeal.

Minister for Veterans’ Affairs and Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Centenary of ANZAC Senator the Hon. Michael Ronaldson said he was honoured to attend the annual commemorative ceremony at the Weary Dunlop Statue in Kings Domain to acknowledge Sir Edward’s lasting legacy.

“The Sir Edward Weary Dunlop Medical Research Foundation is the result of Sir Edward’s vision and his great compassion for others,” Senator Ronaldson said. “Thirty years on, we acknowledge his Foundation’s world-class work into the vital arena of veterans’ medical research.”

The commemorative service coincided with the launch of the annual Sir Edward Dunlop Medical Research Foundation Appeal, which helps to raise funds to continue the Foundation’s important work.

“I encourage Australians to support this worthy cause by volunteering to assist with fundraising efforts, selling lapel pins, pens and greeting cards or by giving generously during the Appeal which runs until 24 July. With your support, the Foundation can continue Sir Edward’s vision to help those in the ex-service community in need,” Senator Ronaldson said.

The Sir Edward 'Weary' Dunlop Medical Research Foundation was established in 1985 by Sir Edward, a Second World War veteran, respected doctor and humanitarian. The Foundation’s work has led to new discoveries and improvements in the treatment and prevention of illnesses affecting veterans and their families.

For more information on the Sir Edward Dunlop Medical Research Foundation or to support the annual appeal, visit www.siredwarddunlop.org.au

Media enquiries:

Minister Ronaldson: Mark Lee 02 6277 7820 or 0408 547 381

Department of Veterans’ Affairs Media: 02 6289 6203

Veterans and Veterans Families Counselling Service (VVCS) and Veterans Line can be reached 24 hours a day across Australia for crisis support and free and confidential counselling. Phone 1800 011 046

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