Get to know Veronika Vala, the newest member of the 1870 Society.
- Why are you passionate about supporting the RCH?
The RCH was my second home throughout my childhood and teenage years due to my chronic condition. Dr. Hugo Gold was my clinician until his retirement and over the years he felt like part of the family. Because of these experiences, I made the decision to dedicate myself to volunteering at the hospital. I spent thirteen years working in the RCH Dermatology Department doing administrative work but after a turn in my health I had to sadly resign. Despite having to stop doing what I loved, I had to stay positive and think of other ways of giving back to the hospital.
- Why have you chosen to make a gift in Will?
I can’t have my own children due to my condition so I decided to do the next best thing and make a difference in this world for children in much need of healthcare. I began donating to the Good Friday Appeal, then more regularly to the RCH Foundation whenever I could. I decided to take it further and add a gift to my Will. This was very important to me as I love children very much. It was the least I could do.
- What would you say to someone thinking of making a gift in Will?
Making a gift in your Will is a very meaningful way of giving as it means the RCH can continue operating and caring for sick children even after your time.
- Who is the most influential person in your life?
I have a few! My family, three-year-old dog Maxie and I are very close. My mother Ana, my sister Kristina (who works at the RCH in administration) and my friend Rosa have made me the person I am today.
- What is your favourite activity on an autumn day in Melbourne?
I enjoy reading a magazine or classic English novel with a good cup of coffee and toast. I also love going for drives in the country around Daylesford and Ballarat with friends, visiting wineries.
- If you could have dinner with anyone in history, who would it be?
Audrey Hepburn. She is a lady of style, class and grace (I like to think just like me, which you can judge for yourself if we ever meet!).