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On Harmony Day, 21 March, Mater joins Australia in celebrating the richness of our cultural diversity while also reflecting on what we have in common. It’s about inclusiveness, respect and a sense of belonging for everyone.
Since moving to Australia from Taiwan in 2003, Maggie Hsieh has felt welcome and supported at every step.
Employed as Mater Foundation’s Senior Manager—Donor Relationships, Maggie plays an important role in developing, nurturing and strengthening relationships between Mater’s supporters and the organisation, to advance philanthropic outcomes to meet Mater’s mission in health, research and education.
As a Taiwanese immigrant, Maggie says that she couldn’t be prouder of Mater’s connection with the local Taiwanese and Chinese communities, a relationship that Maggie is central to nurturing.
“When I started at Mater Foundation 4 and a half years ago, I learnt about Mater’s long association with Tzu Chi and the broader Taiwanese community. The people of Tzu Chi and Taiwan have made a significant impact to Mater over the past 3 decades, and we couldn’t be more grateful,” said Maggie.
“Donations from this community have supported numerous areas of patient care at Mater, including Mater Mothers’ Neonatal Critical Care Unit, Intensive Care Unit, helping to fund research scholarships, life-saving equipment and most recently, the redevelopment of Catherine’s House.”
The Tzu Chi community visit Mater Foundation regularly. On Monday 15 March, Mater Foundation staff members were treated to a delicious vegetarian lunch kindly prepared by Julia Wu and the Tzu Chi community.
Maggie says she is honoured to play such an important role that sees her language and cultural skills used to connect people.
“I have the greatest privilege to connect with some of the most generous and selfless people every day to help them create the change they want to see through giving to Mater.”
Pictured: Mater Foundation’s Maggie Hseih, Senior Manager—Donor Relationships, with Executive Director—Mater Foundation, Andrew Thomas, and Lesley Ray—Director Philanthropy, along with members of the Tzu Chi community.