27 Apr 2023
Development Coordinator, UNSW Medicine & Health, Marina Oliveira, is a proud member of the CHeBA Change Makers - Next Gen Philanthropy program. Change Makers are an exclusive group of next generation philanthropists aged 18-40 who are supporting critical research into Alzheimer's disease and other dementias for a brighter future in ageing.
What does it mean to you personally to be a ‘philanthropist’?
Personally, for me it’s about contributing to the community and the world for a better future. Although I am neither a doctor nor in a position to have a significant impact on the world, this is my means of making a positive difference by offering whatever I can.
What is your hope as a Change Maker – Next Gen Philanthropist?
I hope that the donation I make will contribute towards a potential breakthrough and demonstrate to others that they too can make a difference.
What inspired you specifically to become a Change Maker and give to CHeBA’s research into Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias?
It may seem a bit trivial, but after watching a Louis Theroux episode about individuals who live with and care for those with Dementia. One of the most heart-wrenching aspects of dementia is that the individual you care for may be physically present but unable to recall the life they once shared with you. As a result, I decided to look into ways I could contribute to research in that field. Additionally, since we cannot predict the future, discovering methods to improve outcomes for Dementia patients now may help our loved ones later on.
Is this your first regular giving?
Yes, I have given in the past here and there to a few causes and passion projects, but this is the first regular gift.
I love the beach and movies and in an alternative reality I would be making movies. Some of the weirder passions or hobbies include watching people pay video games (I am terrible at playing with the controllers but get into the stories and puzzles) Pinball machines (I have 3 at home) and Lego.