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Remarkable support

Supporters make our discoveries possible.

Philanthropy is the gift of giving. It is an act performed selflessly to benefit others. We are deeply grateful for the philanthropy of donors and for all donations, large and small. Your gift could change people’s lives – whether it contributes to student scholarships, enhances researchers’ careers, allows us to purchase new equipment, or helps us to complete a research project which in turn can save lives.

Every gift matters. Every gift makes a difference. Giving transforms lives.

Thank you for your generosity.

Ways in which you can support us

Equipment & consumables

Staff salary support

Support/sponsor a specific area of research

Student scholarships


The Institute for Glycomics actively encourages employment and career progression of women in science. It is for these reasons that we established the Glycomics Circle, an impressive group of powerful women coming together with the sole purpose of supporting female scientists at the Institute for Glycomics. A group of like-minded, ambitious women, members of the Glycomics Circle use their collective wisdom, connections and resources to raise funds and awareness for the Institute’s female researchers, students and facilities, and recognise their significant contributions to the Institute’s daily fight against diseases of global impact through translational science.

Funds raised by the Glycomics Circle are utilised in various ways, which include supporting female early career researchers through scholarships, Honours student scholarships, travel opportunities to attend national and international science conferences and competitions, or to aid the purchase of new equipment and consumables. The Glycomics Circle is always looking for new members to join and help their cause. Members meet together several times a year at special events where they enjoy each other’s company and listen to presentations from staff and students on how the Glycomics Circle’s financial contributions have aided them in their research projects.

If you would like to become a member of the Glycomics Circle, please get in touch with our Development Manager, Olga Chaourova:

Our wonderful supporters

Choosing to be a supporter of the Institute for Glycomics will establish you in highly esteemed company, as is evidenced by the below list of our Major Supporters and Honorary Fellows.

Major Supporters

  • Queensland State Government
  • Gold Coast City Council
  • Honda Foundation
  • Mark Carnegie
  • John Singleton
  • Lewis Land Group of Companies
  • Theo Rossi & Mary Rossi OBE
  • Jim Raptis, Raptis Group
  • Amitabha Buddhist Association & Pureland Learning College
  • Aston Milan
  • Lilly Hwoo
  • Jenny Wong, DUniv
  • Macquarie Bank Foundation
  • Alison Kearney & John Kearney, DUniv
  • Conrad N. Hilton Foundation
  • Warren von Bibra & Sally von Bibra
  • The Snow Foundation
  • Rotary Australia Benevolent Society

Major Supporters

  • S2F Pty Ltd
  • Mayoress Community Benefit Fund Gold Coast
  • Harry & Rhonda Triguboff
  • Lorraine Dickinson
  • Merchant Charitable Foundation
  • Women in Racing Inc
  • The Atlantic Philanthropies
  • Mr Toshiaki Ogasawara
  • Rotary Club of Southport
  • Ms Beverly McIlwain
  • Zarraffa’s Foundation
  • Zarraffa’s Franchising Pty Ltd
  • Steve Byrne & Sue Byrne
  • BLIAQ Loving Care Group
  • Larry Klinge & Penny Klinge
  • Nick Moraitis
  • Paul & Ildi Moraitis
  • Reuben Pelerman Benevolent Foundation

Major Supporters

  • Geoffrey Thomas
  • “Q” Clubs Buyers Group
  • Palazzo Versace
  • Gold Coast Titans Community Foundation
  • Order of St John – Gold Coast Commandery
  • John Penglis & Brenda Penglis
  • John Barnes Foundation
  • Ken & Noelene Tregeagle
  • Southern Paradise Foundation
  • Win Schubert AO
  • Jock McIilwain DUniv & Beverly McIlwain
  • Dennis & Shirley Croft
  • 2018 Commonwealth Games Legacy C’tee
  • Ray and Jill James
  • Vince Rehbein

Honorary Fellows

  • Ms Roma Blair
  • Mr Greg Dillon
  • Mrs Mary Roosevelt
  • Cr Dawn Crichlow OAM
  • Jenny Wong, DUniv
  • Warren von Bibra & Sally von Bibra
  • The Hon Peter Beattie AC
  • Mr John Penglis
  • Mr James Wadham
  • Mr Dennis Standfield
  • Mr Bernard Ponting
  • Mr Lex Bell OAM
  • Emeritus Professor Graham Jones AM
  • The Hon Sam Doumany
  • Ms Beverly McIlwain
  • The Hon Leneen Forde AC


“Bendigo Bank strengthens local communities by reinvesting in programs for health, education, the environment and many more. We are immensely proud to support the world-class research undertaken by Griffith University’s Institute of Glycomics. Our sponsorship ensures that the Institute and its researchers have access to the most innovative assets as they deliver on their vision of delivering novel drugs and vaccines to the community. We love the ground-breaking research of the Institute and follow their discoveries with great interest and admiration.”

Tony Jensen, Senior Manager
Paradise Point Community Bank® Branch of Bendigo Bank

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Sally & Warren von Bibra Testimonial

“We have been supporting the Institute for Glycomics since 2006. We had the distinct pleasure of meeting Professor Mark von Itzstein who gave us a tour of their state-of-the-art facilities and an overview of the work being done by their remarkable team of world-renowned researchers; research of ground-breaking proportions. It is an honour and a privilege to support them in their fight against diseases of global impact; diseases that affect and devastate so many people's lives each day. We feel confident that our financial donations are helping to shape a brighter, healthier future - a future filled with hope.”

Sally and Warren von Bibra

Ms Jenny Wong Testimonial

“The Institute for Glycomics research is fascinating. What was impossible in the past is now conducted by the internationally renowned researchers of the Institute for Glycomics. How they investigate disease using the unique “glycomics” approach is so cutting-edge! The outcomes of their research prove they are on the right path. With the hard work of researchers at the Institute for Glycomics, I believe we could tackle the world's most devastating diseases like cancer, malaria, deadly strains of flu, tuberculosis and many more, but they need our help. Research is our only hope, but it's expensive!”

Ms Jenny Wong

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