Melbourne family joins Eliminate Dengue supporters

The Eliminate Dengue research program is receiving support from the Melbourne-based Gillespie Family Foundation.

Creators of the Foundation, Lesley Gillespie OAM and Roger Gillespie OAM, joint CEOs of Bakers Delight, have pledged support to our research over the next five years. Their Bakers Delight business, which started with one store in suburban Hawthorn, opened in 1980 and is now a franchise of more than 700 bakeries across Australia, New Zealand and Canada. The group is soon to open a store on the east coast of America.

“We are very grateful to have the Gillespie Family join our program as key philanthropic partners,” Eliminate Dengue program leader Professor Scott O’Neill said. “The Gillespie family is supporting us in our efforts to develop new delivery technologies that will assist in scaling up our dengue control approach. We are all very excited by the possibilities and look forward to a long and happy association."

The project the Gillespies are supporting aims to develop a low-cost, simple-to-use kit that will allow the community to directly release Wolbachia mosquitoes.

“It’s not often that you get an opportunity to help with such a meaningful project and at such a pivotal moment,” Roger Gillespie said.

Lesley Gillespie said the family was impressed by the program’s work in the developing world, the potential impact and the simplicity of the innovative approach. “When this takes off it will make a huge difference in the world,” she said.