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Bottlemart has been recognised for its long-standing commitment and dedication to supporting cancer research at Mater Foundation’s annual Christmas Breakfast celebration today.
Over the past 10 years, Bottlemart has donated more than $1.1 million to fund breast, ovarian, prostate cancer and melanoma research projects at Mater through their partnership with the Smiling for Smiddy program.
“Since 2008, Bottlemart have supported 31 Smiling for Smiddy events and introduced Smiling to Smiddy to 27 regional communities throughout Australia by hosting fundraisers and welcoming our cyclists at the end of a long day on the bike,” Mater Foundation Chief Executive Officer Nigel Harris said.
“As well as donating almost $90 000 worth of drinks to keep our Smiddy riders hydrated as they cycle thousands of kilometres each year, their ongoing support has helped provide the seed funding to kickstart and continue bold and game-changing cancer research projects at Mater Research.”
“We are proud to give Bottlemart this year’s Betty McGrath Award as recognition of that unwavering support.”
Mr Harris also thanked to General Manager of LMG Queensland and Harry Brown, David Gyte—who has participated in nine Smiling for Smiddy events including the iconic Bottlemart Smiddy Challenge; the Bottlemart NSW Smiddy; and the 2016 Adelaide to Uluru Smiddy Challenge— for being a driving force behind the partnership.
“Over the years, David hasn’t just talked the talk, he’s also jumped on the bike, clocking up just shy of 10 000 kilometres on tour and more than 50 days in the saddle, personally raising almost $40 000,” Mr Harris said.
Mr Gyte said Bottlemart; its providers which include two Carlton United Breweries, one Coca-Cola Amatil, Lion, Asahi and three Robert Oatley vineyards; and the 27 regional establishments that have been visited by Smiling for Smiddy riders over the years, were proud to continue to support research projects at Mater.
“The work being done at Mater Research has the potential to lead to the discovery of new ideas and advance knowledge in cancer research and I am humbled to accept this award on behalf of Bottlemart,” Mr Gyte said.
“The cancer research being supported by Smiling for Smiddy holds relevance for our publicans and their employees and customers, especially Mater Research projects such as those that look at developing a potential vaccine for prostate cancer.”
The Betty McGrath Award was introduced in 2004 to honour the dedication of Betty McGrath; one of Mater Foundation’s longest standing Board Members.
Awarded annually to a company, community organisation or an individual, the Betty McGrath Award recognises those who have partnered with Mater in a significant way over a long period of time.
The name Betty McGrath is synonymous with philanthropy and volunteerism, both at Mater and within the wider community, through her lifelong commitment to Lions Clubs Australia.