The big reveal and a small glimpse of what’s to come

The Auckland Health Foundation kicked-started its launch activity in August, making sure Auckland DHB staff knows the charity is here!

A larger-than-life wall was unveiled at Auckland City Hospital during an official ‘opening’ for Auckland DHB employees, introducing the Auckland Health Foundation brand and purpose to staff from all parts of the DHB.

The big reveal began with a mihi whakatau and waiata by kaumatua Sonny Niha and Cherie Povey, before Neurologist and Auckland Health Foundation Board Member Dr Richard Frith shared why the Auckland Health Foundation has been formed.

The foundation will go beyond what is presently funded in the healthcare system to focus on promising ideas, innovations and technologies that have the potential to benefit our patients and community, but could otherwise not be developed without external investment.

Auckland DHB Chief Executive Officer Ailsa Claire then thanked the A+ Trust for its significant contribution to the DHB since 1995, explaining that the Trust would continue its fund management role, while the Foundation will be at the forefront of fundraising for the DHB.

Through donations from grateful patients and the public, the Auckland Health Foundation will financially support projects, research and education for adult health services, which have the capacity to transform healthcare and wellness and the way it is delivered within Auckland DHB.

After our Auckland Health Foundation Chief Executive Officer Gwen Green spoke about work already underway and what’s planned for the foundation, it was time to pull the curtain on the expansive wall.

Auckland DHB Board Chair Pat Snedden (pictured top)  joined Dr Frith in unveiling the wall, and then spoke passionately about the benefits of the Auckland Health Foundation for DHB staff and people throughout New Zealand. Ultimately, the Auckland Health Foundation will seek to ensure future of healthcare in Auckland is world-class, providing greater positive health outcomes not only for Aucklanders, but for the whole of New Zealand.

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Left to right (above): Auckland Health Foundation CEO Gwen Green, Auckland DHB Chair Pat Snedden, Neurologist and Auckland Health Foundation Board Member Dr Richard Frith and Auckland DHB CEO Ailsa Claire