A Queensland-based law firm has announced a new partnership with the Gallipoli Medical Research Foundation, with the aim of giving back to both veterans and the wider Australian community.
Thynne + Macartney says its partnership with the Gallipoli Medical Research Foundation (GMRF) offers the firm a chance to contribute to the public.
“Our management team spent some time exploring how we wanted to engage with the community, but when we came across Gallipoli Medical Research Foundation, we knew it was the right fit,” chairman of partners, Bill Loughnan, said.
“We found their commitment to the veteran community particularly interesting as one of our founders, Andrew Thynne, was chairman of the recruiting committee during World War I and played an instrumental role in the beginnings of Anzac Day,” Mr Loughnan said.
The GMRF aims to fund and facilitate medical research to prevent, cure or lessen the impact of diseases affecting the veteran and broader Australian community.
New PTSD research conducted by the group, in partnership with RSL Queensland, revealed that the disorder not only affects sufferers mentally, it takes a physical toll on the body, with those affected experiencing higher than normal incidences of heart attacks, liver disease, gastrointestinal problems and sleep disorders.
Mr Loughnan said the firm saw several advantages in forging a partnership with the GMRF.
“We wanted to continue the firm’s tradition of supporting veterans by helping the foundation continue to break new ground in the complicated area of post-traumatic stress disorder,” he said.
“We saw that our values align. Both organisations help people find more freedom, peace of mind and a better sense of control whether it’s around quality of life and health issues or their personal and business life.
“Also, Gallipoli Medical Research Foundation’s bequest program can benefit from the expertise and experience of our wills and estates professionals.”
The partnership involves a significant financial commitment over four years as well as pro bono work, Mr Loughnan said.