Fund launched to honour the legacy of Mater’s matriarch

Fund launched to honour the legacy of Mater’s matriarch

To honour the remarkable legacy of Mater’s own Sister Angela Mary, Mater Foundation Brisbane proudly launched the ‘Sister Angela Mary Fund’ to the public at the 2017 Mater Ball at the weekend. 

The Sister Angela Mary Fund is a fitting tribute to her legacy and was established to ensure the continuation of her great work and passion for decades to come. 

From her tentative first steps at Mater Private Hospital in 1948 as a trainee nurse, the diminutive Sister would emerge as a transformational force within the life of the Mater Hospitals network. 

After almost 30 years’ service as a Mater nurse, she was appointed as Administrator of Mater public hospitals; a role she held for 22 years.

Sister Angela Mary was instrumental in establishing a new adult hospital and developing a world-class service for mothers and babies in the Mater Mothers' Hospital

Sister’s contribution to Mater was far from over, even when she handed over the reins of administration to the inaugural 'lay' Chief Executive Officer in 1987. 

She was passionate about raising funds for research and new healthcare services, and was Executive Director of Mater Trust (now Mater Foundation) from 1993 to 1997 and a Board member until 2003.

The Sister Angela Mary Fund is exclusively dedicated to funding urgent needs that will directly benefit mothers and babies. It will help to fund state-of-the-art equipment; ground-breaking research in mothers, babies and women's health; and new and revolutionary surgical procedures.

Mater Foundation Chief Executive Officer Nigel Harris said he was proud to re-launch the fund for the community to contribute to in the company of many great Mater supporters at the weekend. 

“This Fund pays tribute to the blessings of Sister Angela Mary’s great work and faith; for the benefit of Queensland’s tiniest patients and those who love them,” Mr Harris said. 

“This is about funding critical needs that have life-saving potential. It will fund innovative new services and exceptional care for mothers and babies today and for generations to come.”

The Sister Angela Mary Fund was originally established as an endowment fund thanks to a generous $1 million gift made to Mater Foundation Brisbane by businessman Terry Jackman in 2013.

Sister Angela Mary was further recognised during the evening for her outstanding contribution to facilitating the provision of humanitarian assistance for people in need, especially in the Republic of China (Taiwan). 

Sister was awarded the Friend of Foreign Service Medal, issued by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Republic of China (Taiwan) David Tawei Lee, for her contributions. 

For more than half a century, Sister Angela Mary has championed better healthcare for Mater patients and their families. To donate to the Sister Angela Mary Fund, please give here.