CMRI Board Member Included in Australia Day Honours
Children’s Medical Research Institute (CMRI) Board member, Mr Albert Wong, has been recognised for his service to the community in this year’s Australia Day Honours. He was specially cited for his significant service to medical research organisations, to the tertiary education sector and to the visual arts.
“Receiving an award from the Australian Government is a high honour and a privilege, it is also humbling and gratifying that one’s efforts to do good may encourage others to do likewise in their own way. My only regret is that my father and my good friends and mentors, Emeritus Professor Harry Messel AC CBE and The Hon. Neville Wran AC QC are not here to share this moment with me and my family, although I trust they will in spirit,” Mr Wong said.
Having arrived in Australia from Hong Kong as a teenager, Mr Wong has been involved in the Australian investment banking and stockbroking industry for 35 years. He has served on the CMRI Board of Directors since 2013, and has had a pivotal role in supporting CMRI's work.
“I support the medical research and initiatives taken at CMRI, under the leadership of Professor Roger Reddel and his world class team of fellow doctors and scientists. I am in awe and thankful that there are people who are so gifted, talented and dedicated to seeking ways to analyse, treat and or cure terrible human diseases and help ease the pain and suffering of children and adults alike. Not to single out anyone in particular, but people like Professor Patrick Tam and his ilk should be regarded and treated like National Treasures!”
In addition to his service to CMRI, Mr Wong's philanthropic activities include serving on the Board of the UNSW Foundation and he is President and Honorary Life Governor of the Physics Foundation at the University of Sydney.