The fact that the Foundation does this incredible grassroots research in Otago means we are supporting both the researchers and
Deloitte has long had a close relationship with the Otago Medical Research Foundation, but its staff over the years never stop being blown away by the talent and passion of those involved in the Foundation’s work.
Deloitte provides financial administration services to the Foundation, but the connections are much wider than that; it is proud to sponsor the summer research programme, which keeps talent local and supports research activity. It supports Club Otago and are strong supporters of the golf day, the gala, and other events. Deloitte people have also served on the Foundation’s council over the years – Ken Dempster was Chair for 10 years.
Deloitte Partner Jamie Adamson says that close involvement is acknowledgement of a worthy cause. “The fact that the Foundation does this incredible grassroots research in Otago means we are supporting both the researchers and the region. It is rewarding to kick-start experimental projects at that grassroots level, where there is a void of investment, knowing it could make a real difference over time. It’s leading edge, sometimes exploratory, but can move into great things – every project is worthy. World class research carried out in world class facilities – all right here.”
“It’s also amazing to be surrounded by such passionate people who are willing to dedicate their time to the cause.”
“Our staff love being involved and give their time willingly, knowing they are supporting an organisation that gives so much.”
COVID-19 had an impact on the Foundation’s events calendar, but its large and loyal supporter base has been hugely helpful, from attending the functions that have been able to run over the last year, through to donating and granting money.
“That goes to the quality of the organisation and what they do to fund quality research here in Otago, especially the work by the Foundation’s Scientific Committee led by Professor Greg Jones,” Mr Adamson said.
“The Foundation is well placed to continue to support local research – in particular we were proud to see it provide special funding for COVID-19 projects.”
Jamie has been a member of the Foundation since 2018. “For me personally, it’s great to be working with such a dedicated small team, it’s interesting to be involved at that grass roots level of research, and I love that this helps to keep people in Dunedin.”