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2019 Father's Day Appeal

2019 Father's Day Appeal

On Friday 30th August Victorians are once again being encouraged to 'G1VE 4 LIFE' to provide critical care for Australian Dads and their families.

The Alfred Father’s Day Appeal, now in its 19th year, has raised more than $8 million to support innovative and lifesaving work at The Alfred and this year we need your support more than ever!

Every donation made on Friday 30th August will be multiplied by four thanks to the pledged gifts of generous supporters such as Presenting Partner Bulla Family Dairy.

Since it first launched in 2000 donors to the Alfred Father’s Day Appeal have helped fund significant lifesaving initiatives, including:

  • Assisting with the $1.5 million redevelopment of the Burns Unit – which played a key role in treating burns patients admitted following the 2009 Black Saturday bushfires.
  • Assisting with funding a 48-bed Cardiac and Thoracic Centre – Victoria’s premier cardiac facility treating the most critical heart patients.
  • Improving care for trauma patients by supporting world-leading research and purchasing lifesaving equipment to treat critically ill patients requiring life support.

In 2019 we hope to raise $1 million, with funds raised going towards research and services in trauma care, cancer care, adult cardiac care, preventative health and mental health services.

Every $1 donated will be MULTIPLIED BY FOUR

Your gift of $25 X 4 = $100 
Your gift of $50 X 4 = $200 
Your gift of $250 X 4 = $1,000 

Every $1 donated will be MULTIPLIED BY FOUR.

Every donation you give will be matched by the pledged gifts of community leaders and philanthropists.


Remember only donations made before 9pm on Friday 30th August will be matched.

  • Kelvin Tennant: Appeal Ambassador

    Father of three and grandfather of eight, 72-year-old Kelvin Tennant was the victim of a horrific random attack in Northern Victoria, having been shot three times in the head and chest in an unprovoked attack in 2017.

  • Julian Irvine: Appeal Ambassador

    In his late 20s Julian Irvine was diagnosed with cardio myopathy, a disease of the heart which runs in his family, killing his great uncle at just 42.

How your Donation will help

This year we hope to raise $1M to support priority areas that impact men’s health including areas such as:

Trauma Care – The Alfred Trauma Service is the largest and most active trauma service in Australasia, with more than 9,000 trauma patients admitted each year and 1,500 of these considered major traumas. This year the Father’s Day Appeal will help fund initiatives that can extend our extraordinary trauma service including research into ways to improve rehabilitation of patients after suffering a trauma.

Mental Health – According to Beyond Blue, every day in Australia six men take their lives. The Alfred operates a comprehensive mental health service and will use funds raised from Father’s Day to support mental health services and research, including undertaking critical research into the impact of social isolation and loneliness on the mental health of older men.

Cardiac Care – The Heart Foundation reports that heart disease is responsible for 13% of deaths in Australian men. The Alfred is Victoria’s only health service able to provide a full range of adult cardiac care, from heart failure, cardiac rehabilitation and heart transplant.  Funds raised this Father’s Day will be used to progress new techniques such as leading the way in Australia for treating leaking heart valves without the need for invasive open-heart surgery.

Cancer Care – The Alfred’s range of co-located cancer services is unique in the Victorian health system. Services, which are all onsite and fully integrated range from diagnosis, emergency and intensive care support, bone marrow transplantation, medical and radiation oncology and palliative care. A variety of treatments including chemotherapy, radiotherapy and surgery are provided by the hospital’s integrated services.

The Father’s Day Appeal will contribute to cancer research and services.

Preventative Health – In 2017-18 the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare reported that a staggering 75% of Australian men aged 18 and over were overweight or obese and with this number increasing so is the risk factor for cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes and musculoskeletal conditions and cancers. Through funds raised, The Alfred is looking to develop innovative initiatives that support patients with weight management in hospital and continued support for them and their families once home.

  • Father's Day Appeal Supporters

    The Alfred wishes to acknowledge the generosity and support of all those who have contributed to The Father's Day Appeal

  • Get Involved

    Be part of the community of individuals, businesses, community groups and organisations who will help transform the patient experience at The Alfred.

  • What We've Funded

    Since it first launched in 2000, donors to The Alfred's Father’s Day Appeal have assisted in funding significant lifesaving initiatives