A capital project led by the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre has been given a boost by the equal largest grant ever committed by the Ian Potter Foundation, Liz Henderson reveals.

The Ian Potter Foundation has committed $15 million – its equal largest grant ever – to a capital project to create a new cancer facility in Melbourne. The new Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre (VCCC) project will be a home for the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre and a purpose-built hub for the research and clinical work of project partners The University of Melbourne and The Royal Melbourne Hospital (Melbourne Health).

The $15 million grant will be given over six years. The Ian Potter Foundation has said the size of the grant “reflects the enormous potential and immense importance of this project, as well as the calibre of the organisations that have come together to make it happen.”

An event was hosted in August by the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre to officially recognise and thank the Ian Potter Foundation where guests could view a 3D model of the VCCC and a virtual fly-through of the proposed interior.

“The Ian Potter Foundation has a long history of showing leadership in the establishment of visionary medical research projects,” said Jennifer Doubell, executive director of the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre.

“Their extraordinarily generous support for this new comprehensive cancer centre is further testament to their resolve to make a very significant difference to medical research outcomes and the care of patients, not just in Victoria but throughout Australia and internationally,” she added.

The VCCC project aims to raise $50 million in total from philanthropic contributions. The centre will be located in Parkville in Melbourne’s north and is expected to open in early 2016.

Liz Henderson is the editor of Fundraising & Philanthropy Magazine.

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