Remembering Bob Hawke

May 24, 2019

Our thoughts are with Inala’s patron Blanche d’Alpuget following the passing of her beloved husband and former prime minister of Australia, Bob Hawke.

Blanche has been a committed life member and patron of Inala for over 20 years, and together with Bob has supported Inala in a wide range of social events, celebrations and fundraising campaigns.

Joint Inala CEO Martin Porteous says:

‘Both Blanche and Bob have given generously of their time, care and enthusiasm to support and improve the lives of the wonderful individuals supported by Inala. Their involvement in our organisation has been an honour and a privilege for which we are indebted.’

Bob’s attendance at Inala events will be well remembered. Golf was, of course, a great love of his and his passion for hosting and MCing events in his natural, inimitable style was unforgettable.

Larger than life, Bob would often rally support for Inala unbidded and entertain everyone with his well-known larrikin nature and quick humour. ‘Everyone loved him,’ recalls Events Manager Sharni Anson.

Many will remember his stirring rendition of Waltzing Matilda at the Kurri Burri Mother’s Day polo event, and his signed Prime Minister XI cricket bats and offers of board room presentations at our charity auctions were always sought after.

Ever willing to help, Inala was privileged to have had such a longstanding engagement with Bob and his involvement with Inala will be missed.

‘Along with the rest of Australia, we recognise Bob’s enormous contribution to our country and are grateful: there is nothing so powerful as a life well lived,’ reflected Martin.

Inala is honoured and grateful to have been selected as a recipient of donations in memory of Bob Hawke. Donations can be made online.

All contributions will directly support individuals living with disability to Create a life of meaning, Connect with others and Grow to discover what is possible.

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