The Northern Health Foundation is grateful to all
our supporters who we acknowledge through the following six categories:



  • Muriel and Les Batten Foundation
  • John Charles May
  • Dorris Celia Benjamin
  • Lilian Wihelmina Shaw
  • Greg Pullen
  • Maria Zeman
  • Arthur Ralph Lee
  • Gordon Turvey
  • John Molnar
  • Sue Renkin
  • Minnie Beard
  • Dorothy Sarah Caffy
  • Dorothy Turnely
  • Florice Zibiah Lewis

Mr Gordon Turvey


Gordon Turvey has lived in Preston his entire life, and in those 80 years he’s seen a lot change. ‘Whereas we once had canneries and timber mills in the neighbourhood, these have all gone and supermarkets have sprung up in their place,’ he says.

The Turvey family’s connections with the northern community reach back as far as 1843 when Mr Turvey’s great grandparents moved to the area and established a market garden in Bulleen near the banks of the Yarra where they supplied fresh produce to the gold miners in Warrandyte.

The family have also been staunch supporters of the local health services which have treated their family members for a range of health issues over the years, and Mr Turvey believes it’s important to give back to the service which has given them so much.

‘I’ve been giving money every year for a good while now,’ Mr Turvey says. ‘I began donating because of all the operations I’ve had for bowel cancer which goes back to 1986. My health’s a bit up and down these days but I still attend the ostomy support group meetings, and try to go to three or four meetings a year.’

Mr Turvey has chosen to leave a bequest to the Northern Health Foundation in his Will in addition to his annual donation. ‘It’s important to show your support because it’s our local hospital and I think it’s very important to have these health services close-by. As I’ve gotten older I’ve realised my life depends on it,’ he says.