David Gonski AC
stands out as an inspiring public figure who has deeply marked
now you have the opportunity to join David Gonski for lunch on 9th
October when the Rotary Club of Sydney will present him with the Club's
prestigious Vocational Service Award for 2012.
recipients of this Award have included the Governor of NSW, Her
Excellency Prof Marie Bashir, AC, CVO, Dr Charles
Teo, Steve Waugh, AO, Sir William Deane, AC KBE and Dr
This is a unique
opportunity to hear this outstanding Australian speaker in the company
of some of Sydney's leading business people.
The luncheon will
be held from 12:30pm on Tuesday 9th October at the Castlereagh
Hotel, 169 Castlereagh Street, Sydney at a cost of $40,00.
You can take advantage of this advance notice and
prepay your booking by using this linkor
simply send me an email.
The Rotary Club of
Tel. 0407 366 140.
Lunch with David Gonski AC
David Michael Gonski,
BComm, LLB, AC, is an outstanding Australian public figure and
businessman. The Sydney Morning Herald has described him as "one of
the country's best-connected businessmen" and dubbed him "Mr
Networks" for being "arguably Sydney's most networked
David Gonski was born in
1953 in Cape Town, South Africa. His family migrated to Australia in
1961. He attended Sydney Grammar School and graduated with the degrees of
Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Laws (with the University Medal)
from the University of New South Wales. He practised as a solicitor with
the firm of Freehills from 1977 to 1986, becoming their youngest ever
partner at age 25, before leaving to co-found an investment bank. While
at Freehills, he taught Intellectual Property for the Faculty of Law at
the University of New South Wales.
The world of business and
finance derived great benefit from his high profile and innovative
leadership. Current positions include chairman both of Coca-Cola
Amatil Ltd and of Investec Bank (Australia) Limited, Director Singapore
Airlines Ltd and Consultant as well as Chair of the Advisory Board of
Transfield Holdings Pty Ltd. He has served on 40 boards and
recently was appointed by the Commonwealth Government as Chairman, Future
Fund Board of Guardians.
Gonski's horizons extend into the cultural and educational
spheres. Here too he has exerted a profound impact through
chairmanship and membership of Boards and Foundations devoted to
furthering the work of the Australia Council for the Arts, the Art
Gallery of NSW, the State Library of NSW, the Sydney Theatre Company and
the National Institute of Dramatic Art.
These attainments were
appropriately recognised when David Gonski was appointed an Officer of
the Order of Australia in 2002.
It is fitting that the
Rotary Club of Sydney should honour David Gonski with the 2012 Vocational
Service Award, particularly because embedded in his life as a family man
and public figure are ideals central to the Rotary movement.
During the 2012-13 Rotary
year the Rotary Club of Sydney will be supporting the University of Sydney’s Isin-Di’ak
Fund. This new fund has been set up with
the overall objective of improving health outcomes in Timor-Leste. The Governor of NSW, Prof Marie Bashir AC is
the patron of the fund.
One of the first major
projects of the fund will be the elimination of lymphatic filariasis, a very
nasty, mosquito transmitted, parasitic disease.
This is the disease that causes elephantiasis – the gross swelling of
limbs and other parts of the body. It is
very debilitating but quite preventable! A five year program involving mass
treatment of the population annually with two anti-parasitic drugs should
eliminate the disease. This will also eliminate another nasty parasite –
intestinal worms (e.g. hookworms) which affect more than 60% of Timor-Leste
children and cause anaemia and malnutrition.
The key to the success of
this program will be the training and education of the Timorese in the delivery
of the drugs and the monitoring of the results.
A base line study has recently been completed which has confirmed the
extent and severity of these problems.
Elimination of the diseases will make a substantial difference to the
well being and quality of life for many Timorese.
In Summary the aim is to treat at least 85% of the population
every year for 5-6 years and children every 6 months. There are about 1.2
million people in Timor-Leste. Estimated cost is $900,000 per annum, of
which $400,000 per annum is the cost of drugs which will be donated by
Sanofi under a WHO program.
The net cost is $500,000 or 50 cents per person per year.