During First National Newcastle’s Spring Fling event on Sunday, 6 November 2016 the Hunter Medical Research Institute (HMRI) were provided with a $20,000 donation by First National Newcastle City Principal, George Rafty.
When asked why First National Newcastle chose to support HMRI on the day, George Rafty said that medical research is something that benefits all cross sections of the community.
“I could not think of a better reason to get behind the good people at HMRI who do invaluable work for our community,” George said. “This is part of our corporate social responsibility, and supporting an organisation with global impact in our own home town is an honour!”
First National Newcastle’s Spring Fling sold 12 properties leading up to and on the day, totaling $15 million.
“We are totally overwhelmed by the community support,” George said. “The results have exceeded our expectations and we are sincerely grateful to all of our sellers and buyers who enlisted their trust in us.”
When asked about the future plans for First National Newcastle’s corporate social responsibility George said that they would continue to make it an internal part of their business.
“Our relationship with HMRI is only beginning as our office is in its first year. We join other noteworthy Hunter business leaders in supporting this organisation to deliver a healthier future for the region.”
In partnership with the University of Newcastle and Hunter New England Health, HMRI has grown rapidly to become one of NSW’s largest independent research institutions. It delivers health solutions closely tailored to community needs.
General Manager for HMRI Development and Marketing, Rebecca Palser, said there are now 1,500 researchers and support staff working across key program areas including asthma, cancer and heart disease.
“It takes teamwork to find new and better treatments and we rely greatly on the support we receive from local businesses like First National Newcastle City and our other incredible donors,” Rebecca said.