Last year The Honda Foundation reached a milestone of $10 million in grants. Chairman Stephen Collins tells Clare Joyce about its work and lessons learned along the way

[caption id="attachment_355207" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] With the support of The Honda Foundation, The Children’s Hospital Foundation has purchased two ‘gravity chairs’ for the Palliative Care Unit at the Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital. The chairs use a foam positioning system to support children, allowing them to relax in a sitting position rather than spending all day in bed.[/caption]

One was called Golden Memories Karaoke,” Collins says of a particularly memorable grant recipient. “This individual was going around to aged care facilities in East Melbourne to lift the spirits of elderly residents. It wasn’t a heap of money but it was just one individual really making a difference to these elderly people’s lives. For me, among the hundreds and hundreds of grants that we’ve approved and millions of dollars we’ve given, they’re the ones that really stick in my…

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