16 Sep 2021
UNSW Medicine & Health Development Manager, Ruby Pradhan, 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’?
I like to think that anyone can be a philanthropist regardless of their net worth or financial status so for me being able to do the little I can whether it’s through my time, experience or financial support leaves me with a great sense of contentment.
What is your hope as a Change Maker – Next Gen Philanthropist?
As cliché as it might sound, I do hope that every dollar that I give is put towards making a real difference to the community and areas in need.
What inspired you specifically to become a Change Maker and give to CHeBA’s research into Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias?
This past year has truly been an eye-opener in so many ways and I have been making conscious choices in understanding and supporting the areas that are close to my heart.
Working with CHeBA has allowed me to understand the passion they have for research in brain ageing, and their passion is truly contagious. It gives me hope that Medical Research can and will change patient outcomes and benefit the community at large.
Is this your first regular giving?
No, my previous workplace giving has been towards General Medical Research and Equity Scholarships - causes very close to my heart.
Do you have any interesting or unusual hobbies or passions?
I am passionate about animals and wildlife and am obsessed with dogs and koalas. A year and a half ago my partner and I drove up to the Koala Hospital at Port Macquarie that housed the koalas saved from bushfire zones who were very sick and needed critical care to survive. We adopted our first koala - Paul who I am very pleased to announce is thriving in the wild now.