Paul Wheelton, OAM has a long and committed history of charitable giving. His generosity includes a recent gift to the Northern Health Foundation of $500,000 that will help fund the construction of Northern Health’s Teaching, Training and Research Precinct, due for completion in 2013. Paul is renowned for his belief in the power of education to change lives.
‘I’m a passionate supporter of education,’ he says. ‘I truly believe education can change the future. To be able to contribute to the training and education of the next generation of medical professionals is enormously important.’ Having run businesses in the local area for many years, Paul is also keenly aware of the challenges Northern Health must meet in the years ahead. ‘Many of my staff live locally and I’ve seen the area grow and develop over the years into one of Melbourne’s major growth corridors,’ he says. ‘Infrastructure such as the Teaching, Training and Research Precinct will be critical in supporting the community and meeting the growing need for local health services.’
Paul is a committed advocate for a stronger culture of philanthropic giving in Australia. ‘We’ve tended to lag behind many other parts of the world in terms of our charitable giving, but I think that’s changing now. I urge anyone who’s in a position to help, and local business leaders in particular, to support the Northern Health Foundation. I think we all have an obligation to give back to our community, and by making a donation to a project like this one, you’ll really see what a significant impact your support can make.’
IMAGE: Prof. Glenn Bowes, Northern Health Board Chair; Ms Robynne Cooke, Northern Health Executive Director; Mr Paul Wheelton OAM, Philanthropist; Mr John Molnar, Northern Health Foundation Board Chair.