Date: 20 Nov 2009

plaque honoursIn an intimate ceremony at St Vincent’s Centre for Applied Medical Research, a plaque was unveiled in honour of the late Thomas Christopher Wright in recognition of the extraordinary gift of Mr Wright to St Vincent’s Hospital and HIV/AIDS research. Installed on the ninth floor of St Vincent’s Centre for Applied Medical Research the plaque’s location is symbolic of Mr Wright’s generous donation, the bequest will see funds directed towards new treatments and support of laboratory science to continue research in the area of HIV/AIDS.

The plaque is a dedication to Mr Wright and his partner the late Patrick Liaw, a former patient of Sacred Heart Hospice.

“Thomas Wright’s decision to support St Vincent’s was borne out of the compassionate care that was extended to his partner Patrick Liaw and the profound impression this left on Thomas. The care provided by St Vincent’s staff to our patients is guided by our Mission and Values.

“I would like to think that the care that Patrick received, for which Thomas was so appreciative, is consistent with the care we provide to patients in all our endeavours. One might even use the word ‘standard practice.’

“What is very unique and endearing for all of us at St Vincent’s is the thoughtfulness that Thomas Wright has shown, both in the scale of generosity of his gift, and in terms of directing his bequest to HIV research,” explained Steven Rubic, CEO.

Attended by a small group of friends and St Vincent’s Hospital staff, Professor David Cooper, Director St Vincent’s Centre for Applied Medical Research expressed words of gratitude and the significant importance of Mr Wright’s contribution.

Celebrating the gift of generosity, the service acknowledged the significant contribution of donors to the hospital’s healing ministry. Friends and executors Tony Sunman and Nikki Hall officially unveiled the plaque.