Mr Richard Penn, Chairman of The Penn Foundation, was invited by the Board to become Patron of Bowel Cancer Australia in 2006.
Mr Penn’s father was diagnosed with bowel cancer 23 years ago. The cancer was detected and treated early through surgery and his father continues to enjoy an active, healthy retirement.
As a result of his family’s experience, Mr Penn became an active supporter of Bowel Cancer Australia's work.
In 2007, The Penn Foundation helped launch our fundraising appeal to establish Australia’s first Chair in Bowel Cancer Research, with a $1million funding commitment.
In recognition of the Penn family’s generosity, the position is to be named the Lawrence Penn Chair in Bowel Cancer Research.
Mr Harry Triguboff AO, Managing Director of Meriton Apartments, Australia’s leading Home Unit developer, previously diagnosed with bowel cancer, has undergone surgery and a very successful management program to cure his disease.
As a result of his experiences, Mr Triguboff recognised the need for ongoing research and public education and he generously sponsored a community bowel cancer prevention program.
He endowed a Research Fellowship in Colorectal Surgery (The Harry O Triguboff Colorectal Research Fellowship) which continues to be active.
In recent years, Mr Triguboff agreed to become Patron of the Bowel Cancer Foundation (Bowel Cancer Australia's Awareness Advisory Board following the merger between the two charities).