$100k source pans out well


WHEN breast can­cer “thriver” Jenni Eyles re­ceived a call from a stranger of­fer­ing her US$100,000, she wasn’t sure if it was a prank, a con or a com­pe­ti­tion.

But the source was le­git­i­mate — a foun­da­tion founded on spaghetti sauce which has given more than US$23 mil­lion to Aus­tralian char­i­ties. The New­man’s Own Foun­da­tion cre­ated by late ac­tor Paul New­man usu­ally in­vites ap­pli­ca­tions from char­i­ties for grants, but the foun­da­tion’s Dim­ity Pinto said they wanted to try some­thing dif­fer­ent for the lat­est round.

“I’d fol­lowed Jenni’s Styling Curvy blog and knew she had ex­pe­ri­enced can­cer and was help­ing to make a dif­fer­ence, and she was some­one hon­est and au­then­tic,” she said.

Pa­per­work fol­lowed, and Jenni nom­i­nated The Hos­pi­tal Re­search Foun­da­tion as a wor­thy cause. She knew about their work from her own can­cer treat­ment and nom­i­nated their ‘Un­der Our Roof’ pro­ject pro­vid­ing pur­pose-built ac­com­mo­da­tion for coun­try can­cer pa­tients and their fam­i­lies be­ing treated in the city.

Jenni, 46, of Ful­ham, un­der- went a dou­ble mas­tec­tomy, chemo­ther­apy and ra­dio­ther­apy treat­ment and this Wed­nes­day marks five years as a self-de­scribed “thriver”.

“I found out they had funded the ac­tual chemo chairs I had been sit­ting in week after week,” Jenni said.

The Hos­pi­tal Re­search Foun­da­tion chief ex­ec­u­tive Paul Flynn said part of the grant will be used to cover the costs of trans­port for pa­tients to and from hos­pi­tal.

“This grant will also help us pro­vide on­go­ing main­te­nance, clean­ing and gar­den­ing ser­vices to en­sure th­ese homes re­main a place of heal­ing.”


RIGHT IN­GRE­DI­ENTS: Jenni Eyles, breast can­cer sur­vivor, has won a US$100,000 grant from the late Paul New­man's char­ity New­man’s Own Foun­da­tion.

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