Jill Harrison OAM DSJ and Ken Harrison AM KSJ have dedicated much of their lives to helping others in need. They both have a long history of supporting The Royal Children’s Hospital (RCH); as generous donors, volunteers, fundraisers and advocates.
This year, to commemorate the hospital’s 150th anniversary, Jill and Ken donated $100,000 to bring Celebrate. Create. Connect. The RCH150 Aboriginal Art Project to life. The RCH Foundation, with the support of Ken and Jill, is proud to have commissioned two artworks by First Nations artists to be permanently installed at the hospital.
This generous gift caps 25 years of tireless support of the hospital for Jill and Ken. In 1995, Jill became a member of the Parkville Auxiliary. She has since been named a Living Treasure, an honour awarded by her Auxiliary peers. It was Jill’s commitment to the Auxiliaries and support of the hospital which inspired Ken to get involved. In 2016 he accepted the role of Leadership Circle Ambassador, which recognises the transformational impact of significant gifts to the hospital.
Jill and Ken were inspired to use their philanthropy to demonstrate their commitment towards funding for projects in health, children and Indigenous causes.
“The Aboriginal Art Project opened our eyes to the opportunity to be more inclusive of all peoples and add diversity to our outlook on philanthropy,” Ken said.
“We are inspired by the incredible leadership shown by the RCH through this initiative to bring about improved health, culturally safe practices and positive relationships between the hospital and Aboriginal people, as well as a commitment to our First Nation Communities.”