The Royal Children’s Hospital (RCH) Foundation are deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Efrem Goldhammer OAM.
Efrem was a visionary philanthropist and longstanding supporter of the RCH. In 2000, Efrem approached the RCH Foundation with the idea of raising funds to support research at the hospital.
Thanks to Efrem’s passion and drive, RCH1000 was born in September 2001. It’s aim was to raise $1 million each year to help the hospital discover new treatments and cures for childhood illness and disease.
RCH1000 continues today, supporting vital research projects in the areas of paediatric cardiology, neurology and pathology. Since its inception, it has raised more than $4 million for the hospital.
RCH Chief Executive Officer, John Stanway, extended his sincere condolences to the Goldhammer family on behalf of the RCH community.
“Efrem’s passion for the RCH and supporting children with complex medical needs was truly inspiring. The impact of his work was far-reaching, and it touched and improved the lives of many children and their families,” John said.
Sue Hunt, Chief Executive Officer, RCH Foundation said Efrem truly believed in giving back to improve the lives of others.
“Efrem’s philanthropic spirit was embodied by his dedication to RCH1000. He continued as Chairman for 16 years and then in the role of Chairman Emeritus. Efrem was an inspirational leader and his legacy will continue to change the lives of sick children for generations to come. We send our heartfelt condolences to his wife Fay and their children at this very sad time,” said Sue.
Find out more about Efrem’s legacy and the ground breaking research supported by RCH1000.