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JDRF Board member Matthew Rady has been recognised as the Macquarie Group Foundation’s 2008 Fundraiser of the Year for his philanthropic support of JDRF, The Smith Family and Starlight Children’s Foundation Australia.

Matthew was recognised by his employer Macquarie Group in its annual Macquarie Staff Community Awards program, which acknowledges the outstanding community contributions of its staff, as well as the organisations they serve.

The Fundraiser of the Year Award is given to an individual for their innovative and successful fundraising efforts for not-for-profits.

Last year, Matthew organised 60 Macquarie Staff members to participate in the inaugural Spin to Cure Diabetes, raising over $60,000. He has also participated in the Ride to Cure Diabetes since 2005, an event that in 2009 raised $1.3 million in total – $260,000 of that by Macquarie Group.

He also took part in events to raise money for the Smith Family and the Starlight Children’s Foundation. The Macquarie Group Foundation matched Matthew’s funds raised for all initiatives.

JDRF CEO, Mike Wilson is very grateful for Matthew’s time and commends his tireless dedication.

“For four years now, I have seen Matthew’s incredible effectiveness in generating support and interest for our cause through a range of large and professional fundraising events such as the Ride and Spin to Cure Diabetes. It has been very valuable to have Matthew as a strong advocate inside Macquarie and we are grateful for his ongoing support of JDRF,” Mike Wilson said.

The $10,000 donated by Matt to JDRF will go towards Australia’s best and most promising type 1 diabetes research, complementing the support already provided by the Macquarie Group Foundation and Macquarie staff around the country.

Julie White, Head of the Macquarie Group Foundation, said the Foundation places great importance on supporting the community efforts of its staff.

“The contribution of Macquarie Group staff – as volunteers, fundraisers, board members of not-for-profit organisations and pro bono service providers – continues to grow from strength to strength, significantly enhancing Macquarie’s overall community effort.

“We are very proud of this year’s record number nominees for the Macquarie Staff Community Awards and I would like to congratulate Matthew on his efforts and the contribution he has made to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.”

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