01 August, 2012
In its 106 year history, community support and fundraising has helped Mater grow to a major health care provider in Queensland. Thanks to the ongoing support of people like you, Mater Prize Home Lottery has been changing lives for over 50 years.
One person who understands the power of community is Sister Angela Mary. Well known for her pioneering work within Mater and the Queensland community and her name has gone hand in hand with Mater for more than 50 years. In her time at Mater, Sister Angela Mary’s steady guidance helped steer Mater in to the position of strength, growth and excellence it holds today.
From its beginning in 1954, with a two-bedroom fibro house in Surfers Paradise, funds raised from the Mater Prize Home lottery have made a real impact within the Queensland community. Mater art union funds were essential in building the original Mater Mothers’ Hospital which opened in 1960. In the early 1970’s, an art union committee consisting of John P Kelly, Jack O’Brien and Sr Angela Mary met weekly to steer the art union activities and funding.
Mater Prize Home lotteries have gone from strength to strength. They continue to fund essential medical research and equipment to enable Mater to provide exceptional patient care at Mater. This would not have been possible without the continued support of loyal supporters in the community.
"There has always been a willingness in the community to give to Mater and if the people hadn’t been with us I don’t know how we would’ve managed," Sister Angela Mary said.
Thanks to your support it has been possible to keep changing the lives of countless Mater patients through life-changing healthcare and medical research.