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The SurFebruary Foundation established as registered charity

Cancer research fund The SurFebruary Foundation has established itself as a registered charity, with the assistance of national law firm Gilbert + Tobin. 

user iconLauren Croft 25 October 2021 Big Law
The SurFebruary Foundation established as registered charity
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Firm: Gilbert + Tobin (The SurFebruary Foundation).

Deal: G+T has assisted with the establishment of The SurFebruary Foundation as a registered charity and public ancillary fund. 

Value: N/A.


Area: Not for profit.

Key players: Charities and social sector partner Darren Fittler and senior lawyer Elizabeth Lathlean led the establishment process, with support from consultant Kate Pipe and graduate Karla Dunbar.

Deal significance: The foundation, which has previously been operating without an independent legal structure, raises funds to support organisations focused on cancer research, clinical trials, treatment and care. 

The foundation encourages individuals to raise funds whilst catching a wave a day throughout February – and can now do this in a more focused manner and receive tax-deductible donations.

Mr Fittler and Ms Lathlean said: “We are delighted to have assisted The SurFebruary Foundation on the formalisation of its important work and are excited to see the foundation continue to grow and make a difference through its increased ability to raise funds.”

Co-founder Jenna-Lea Clark added that “taking the step to establish The SurFebruary Foundation as a registered charity was the natural progression in the growth of the community fundraising event. 

“We are grateful to Darren and Elizabeth for their guidance and expertise; supporting us in this process and enabling us with the foundations we need to expand our impact in the cancer research space and improve the outcomes for even more Australians affected by cancer.”