Sovereign Hill meets Fiona Elsey Research Institute

A cord has been struck between two community-based Ballarat organisations working hand-in-hand for cancer research.

Sovereign Hill chief executive officer Jeremy Johnson was joined by two Sovereign Hill Redcoat Soldiers yesterday on a tour of the Fiona Elsey Cancer Research Institute.

Almost 200 people were involved in the Make Cancer History Walk in May hosted by Sovereign Hill, which raised more than $3000 for the institute. 

The tour was taken by Fiona Elsey Research Institute director George Kannourakis who said that there was a comraderie between the two organisations.

“We are honoured to have received this donation from Sovereign Hill,” Mr Kannourakis said. 

“The funds will go towards projects we are currently working on, such as individualising chemotherapy for cancer patients or locating a rare cancer in the immune system.”

Mr Johnson said that many of Sovereign Hill staff and volunteers had been affected in some way by cancer.

“This has given us a great opportunity to make a contribution to the work George and his team are doing.”

Fiona Elsey Cancer Research Institute director Dr George Kannourakis, front, with Sovereign Hill Redcoat Soldiers Rob pitman and Jamie Gleeson and Sovereign Hill CEO Jeremy Johnson.

Fiona Elsey Cancer Research Institute director Dr George Kannourakis, front, with Sovereign Hill Redcoat Soldiers Rob pitman and Jamie Gleeson and Sovereign Hill CEO Jeremy Johnson.

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