Unification one step closer after ‘Yes’ vote | Leukaemia Foundation

Unification one step closer after ‘Yes’ vote

Friday, 15 January 2016

 

A resounding ‘YES’ vote by Members of the Leukaemia Foundation of Australia on Saturday is an exciting step forward in a proposed unification with the Leukaemia Foundation of Queensland.

On Monday 18 January 2016, the Boards of Directors each advised respective Members of a formal desire to unify the two Foundations. Unification is designed to future-proof the Foundation, to ensure it is sustainable and adaptable and can continue to deliver the best possible outcomes for people with blood cancer – not just now but well into the future.

In line with constitutional requirements, the proposal must be passed by more than 75% of the voting members of each organisation and we are pleased to have moved a step closer following endorsement by Leukaemia Foundation of Australia Members on Saturday 19 March.

“I’m delighted to announce that the proposal to unify with the Leukaemia Foundation of Queensland was passed on Saturday by Members of the Leukaemia Foundation of Australia,” said Ms Sally Trestrail, CEO of the Leukaemia Foundation of Australia.  “We had 80% of the membership vote either by proxy or in person, and all of these members supported the resolutions put forward by our Board. Unification will mean greater harmonisation, with one governance structure: one board, one set of strategic priorities, and will surely produce further benefits and cost savings.”

We are very excited about the prospect of unification. We see it holds significant opportunities to build on the existing collaboration between our two organisations and we thank our Members for recognising the collective benefits of operating as a united organisation.

Chairperson of the Leukaemia Foundation of Australia, Mr Robert Yeo, agrees. “We are very excited about the prospect of unification. We see it holds significant opportunities to build on the existing collaboration between our two organisations and we thank our Members for recognising the collective benefits of operating as a united organisation. This is good news for every Australian family affected by blood cancer today and in the future,” he said.

The final step in the process is for the unification proposal to also be passed by Members of the Leukaemia Foundation of Queensland at a special general meeting to be held on Saturday 16 April. Bev Mirolo, Chairperson of the Leukaemia Foundation of Queensland welcomes news of the endorsement by one set of members and is hopeful of a positive outcome in Queensland also.

“We are delighted that Members of the Leukaemia Foundation of Australia have voted ‘Yes’ to a united organisation,” said Mrs Mirolo. “As we pass our 40th anniversary in Queensland, we face a very different set of challenges today than we did in 1975 when Dr Trevor Olsen, with the Holland Park Lions, established the Leukaemia Foundation. We firmly believe a unification represents good governance and will position us as a stronger force in the work to beat blood cancer.”

For more information about the rationale and benefits offered by a unification, you can download the comprehensive document prepared for members of both organisations.

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