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Mater Foundation celebrates 20th anniversary

Mater Foundation celebrated 20 years of supporting exceptional people and exceptional care at Mater in April 2009.

Fundraising and philanthropy has always played a crucial role in the history of Mater, with a charitable tradition that stretches back to the Sisters of Mercy founder Catherine McAuley, and her decision to use an inheritance to build Mercy House in Dublin in 1824.

Locally, the first Mater Public Hospital was funded from the “profits” of Mater Private Hospital, run by the Sisters of Mercy. Over the year fundraising activities began to focus more on the community and included cake stalls and Mater’s first art union draw for a horse and buggy.

In 1989, under the stewardship of Sister Angela Mary Doyle, Mater Hospitals’ Trust was formed to ensure the continued success of Mater’s fundraising efforts.

“There has always been a willingness in the community to give to Mater and if the people hadn’t been with us I don’t know how we would’ve managed,” Sister Angela Mary said.

Now known as Mater Foundation, the organisation supports all areas of the Mater Hospitals and Mater Medical Research Institute, harnessing community support through a wide range of campaigns and events, including Mater Little Miracle Easter Appeal and the ever popular Rendezvous with Romance ball.

“I love Mater with all my heart. I’ll love it ‘til I die. I want it to go ahead by leaps and bounds in every way in the services it offers,” Sister Angela Mary said.

“With the help of the Foundation Mater will go from success to success.”

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