Maureen Quinn loves nothing more than popping up to her local shopping centre, every day in fact, to visit her favourite café where she reads the paper and enjoys her daily coffee. Just like thousands of Melburnians. But dig a little deeper, and you will discover rare compassion and generosity.
It is clear that Maureen has been touched by cancer, but not in the way you would expect. Her mother survived thyroid cancer, while Maureen has been lucky enough to have enjoyed good health all her life. Yet Maureen has bequeathed her entire Estate to the Olivia Newton-John Cancer Wellness & Research Centre (ONJ Centre).
“I first heard about the ONJ Centre before it was even built. It touched me that Olivia talked about wellness programs to help people get through their cancer journey, and I felt that she had been through it herself so she knew what she was talking about,” says Maureen. “I love the Wellness Centre and the warmth and welcoming feel for patients who need care, nurturing and comfort. I love the art and music therapy programs, the beautiful old Oak tree, and that the Centre offers a place of hope for people with cancer.”
One day in the future, Maureen’s significant gift will help to provide world-leading Wellness & Supportive Care programs to people with cancer and their families, supporting them through what is a scary and stressful time.
“I want to make a real impact on the lives of people who need help,” says Maureen.