Sarah Murdoch Steps Down as NBCF Patron

June 16th, 2015

After a long history with the National Breast Cancer Foundation, Sarah Murdoch has reluctantly stepped down from her position as Patron, in order to relocate to Los Angeles with her husband and family.

National Breast Cancer Foundation Chair, Elaine Henry, said “Sarah has been a joy to work with and we’re so grateful for her contribution.

“For more than 18 years, Sarah has been instrumental in raising the organisation’s profile and funding. During her tenure fundraising has increased from under $1 million per year to more than $27 million in 2014.
“Among other achievements, Sarah has launched Pink Ribbon, Fashion Targets Breast Cancer and Global Illumination campaigns and in 2010 our flagship project Register4.  Sarah has delivered two compelling Press Club addresses; and presented masterfully as an advocate of NBCF to media, corporate partners and other supporters,” said Ms Henry.

Speaking about her decision, Sarah Murdoch said: “It has been an honour to serve as Patron for the National Breast Cancer Foundation during which time I have witnessed the survival rates for breast cancer increase.

“This is not possible without research funding and it has been a privilege to see the depth and breadth of support from communities right across the country. I am immensely proud that NBCF has paved the way with funded and peer reviewed research and is well positioned to see it continue achieving its goal of zero deaths from breast cancer by 2030.”

Sarah’s most recent initiative with the National Breast Cancer Foundation was to support the initiative ‘Circle of 10,’ which brings together groups of 10 women who pledge $10,000 per annum each over two years to a specific research project. ‘Circle of 10’ was launched in late May at a lunch donated by Sanchia and Guillaume Brahimi and co-hosted by the NBCF and Kellie Hush, editor of Harper’s BAZAAR.

“Every day, healthy women, many without a history of breast cancer, learn they are diagnosed with breast cancer, potentially robbing them of living full and busy lives. I applaud the Circle of 10 initiative as it brings together those that are like-minded and passionate about helping the National Breast Cancer Foundation achieve its goal of zero deaths by 2030,” Sarah said.

On behalf of our donors, supporters, staff and families affected by breast cancer, The National Breast Cancer Foundation would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to Sarah and her family for their contribution to and support for the Foundation since 1997.

The National Breast Cancer Foundation looks forward to working with Sarah and the Australian Ballet on a special fundraising event later this year.