28 January 2016
Congratulations to former Chris O’Brien Lifehouse chairman, Macquarie Bank founder and philanthropist Robin Crawford, whose work was recognised with an AM in the General Division of the Order of Australia, announced in the 2016 Australia Day Honours List. Mr Crawford’s award was for significant service to the community through leadership roles with cancer support, mental health and social welfare groups.
The Sydney Morning Herald describes Mr Crawford as “an unusual Point Piper millionaire”. One of the six founders of the Macquarie Bank, he ascribes much of his fortune to luck, which makes him sympathetic to those less lucky in life. He began treatment for prostate cancer with robotic surgery in 2012, and it was this experience that inspired him to make an extraordinary $1 million donation toward our brand new surgical robot, to enable low-income patients to benefit from access to the world’s latest surgical technology.
Our congratulations to Mr Crawford. We are honoured to have him as part of the Lifehouse community.
To read more about Mr Crawford’s story, see the link here.
Mr Crawford’s full citation reads:
MEMBER (AM) IN THE GENERAL DIVISION OF THE ORDER OF AUSTRALIA Mr Robin Anthony CRAWFORD, Point Piper NSW 2027
For significant service to the community through leadership roles with cancer support, mental health and social welfare groups.
Service includes: Founding Chairman, Lifehouse at RPA – The Chris O’Brien Cancer Centre, 2007-2009; Board Member, 2007-2014.
Founding Board Member, Centre for Social Impact, University of New South Wales, 2008-2013; Awarded Honorary Doctorate in Business, 2014.
Founding Chairman, GoodStart Early Learning, 2009-2014.
Chair, Leadership Council, Social Ventures, current; Supporter, since 2002.
Co-Founder and Chairman, IVF Australia Pty Ltd, 2005-2010.
Board Member, Clean Up Australia Foundation, 1996.
Founding Director, SANE Australia (formerly the Schizophrenia Australia Foundation), 1986-1999.
Supporter, The Autistic Children’s Association.
Supporter, Australian Indigenous Mentoring Experience; Career Trackers; STREAT; and the Beacon Foundation.