Susan Alberti – Extracts of Launch Event Speech

SusanAlberti80x127Mrs Susan Alberti AO launched the Melbourne Women’s Fund on Monday July 21 at a special event hosted at the Queen Victoria Women’s Centre.

Sue is an inspirational example of the power of philanthropy. After a successful business career, she now invests much of her time and energy supporting a range of causes, particularly focused on medical research, education and promoting women in sport.

Sue began a lifetime of dedication to Type 1 diabetes research in the 1980s when her only child was diagnosed with the chronic disease.

“I was surprised and quite ill prepared to discover that juvenile onset diabetes – now known as type 1 – then represented one of the major unknowns of medical science, as to a great extent it still does today,” Sue told the audience at the launch.

Sue’s daughter Danielle would eventually die from the complications of diabetes, which only increased her determination to find a cure.

As part of her speech at the launch Sue made a substantial donation and became the first Life Member of the Melbourne Women’s Fund.

“I congratulate all involved on setting up this important local ‘giving circle’”, Sue Alberti said.

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