When her daughter died of a heart attack related to complications caused by her Type 1 Diabetes ten years ago, Susan Alberti AC channelled her energy into becoming the “most influential person … and the largest philanthropic donor for diabetes” in Australia, according to Professor Paul Zimmet, Director Emeritus at the Baker IDI Heart and Diabetes Institute.
In 1994 Susan Alberti founded Walk for the Cure, an annual event in Melbourne and Sydney, which has raised more than $30 million towards the search for a cure for diabetes.
But her commitment to raising money to help those in need and to further medical research goes back much further: The Susan Alberti Medical Research Foundation’s annual ball has been running for 30 years and has raised more than $10 million. Guy Sebastian and Kate Cerebrano have performed at the ball, which attracts some 800 people each year.
A philosophy of getting up and doing something to help those less fortunate is something Alberti grew up with: her father was involved with St Vincent de Paul for 50 years, and some of her fondest memories are of setting up cake stalls as they volunteered and raised money. Alberti’s own wealth was generated from the family construction business.
At the Generosity Forum on May 24 in Melbourne, Alberti will explain how philanthropists can affect significant change as she tells how she ‘jumpstarted’ the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation by building relationships with key medical researchers. Be inspired as she explains why she has thrown significant support behind the Sons of the West program which helps to educate men about health, fitness and diet.
Alberti has also successfully lobbied federal governments for tens of millions of dollars to support causes she is passionate about, including diabetes research, education, health and women in sport.
Susan gives to a wide range of causes and she is also Chair of the Victoria University Foundation and Vice-president of the Western Bulldogs Football Club.
On March 4, the Susan Alberti Medical Research Foundation will hold the inaugural 2016 Women in Football Breakfast in partnership with AFL Victoria to celebrate women in the game. The event will be held at Leonda by the Yarra.