Every year, Children First Foundation recognises the outstanding services of an individual or organisation who has gone above and beyond in their commitment to improving the lives of children in developing countries, whether that be with their work in Australia or overseas.
We are proud to announce this year’s recipient as Julie Wain.
Julie Wain is the Mission Integration Manager at St Vincent’s Private Hospital Melbourne. Julie is Children First Foundation’s key contact at St Vincent’s Private and works tirelessly behind the scenes to make our partnership with the hospital so successful.
Most of all, Julie is a passionate advocate for the Foundation. In her own words, she sees it as her role “to ensure everyone across St Vincent’s Private understands the privilege and importance of the Children First Foundation partnership to the hospital’s mission.”
Julie has been the Mission Integration Manager at St Vincent’s Private Hospital Melbourne since 2014. She oversees a broad portfolio that encompasses managing the Pastoral Care Team, the Hospital Catholic Chaplaincy and Hospital Volunteer programs. She also coordinates the hospital’s support of community outreach programs, one of which is, of course, Children First Foundation.
The Foundation’s relationship with St Vincent’s Private Hospital Melbourne spans over 20 years. During this time, the hospital has undertaken over a staggering 100 life-changing surgeries for us on a pro-bono basis.
Julie lives and breathes the hospital’s values – compassion, justice, integrity, and excellence. Along with her colleagues, she is determined to do everything in her power to help transform the lives of Children First Foundation kids that walk through the doors of St Vincent’s Private Hospital in Melbourne.
Julie says “When the children are in the hospital there is a wonderful energy amongst our teams, who know that our healing mission is alive and well, with everyone making a big difference in such a practical way. Our care is a gift; the essence of why we do what we do. The children’s presence is an inspiration, and to witness them thriving after surgery is joyful. Some of the children are now well into their 20’s and doing remarkable things in life, including nursing, often reflecting that Australia, Pat Weldon, Children First Foundation, and St Vincent’s Private Hospital have changed their life for the better. How good is that!”
On behalf of The Children First Foundation Board, the staff and the children we care for, we are extremely proud to award Julie the Pat Weldon Humanitarian Award.
The Pat Weldon Humanitarian Award is awarded in the memory of Children First Foundation friend and former colleague, Pat Weldon, who sadly passed away in 2017. Pat began volunteering with Children First Foundation in 2004 and went on to become the Retreat Manager in 2011.