The Viales’ Story

John and Anna on their wedding day

John and Anna Viale’s long history of giving stems from an innate desire to help others. Having moved to Australia from the UK in the mid-1980s, John and Anna have been strong supporters of organisations which give help and hope to those less fortunate.

“Both of our children work in medicine, and we passionately believe in the importance of advancing medical research in order to help others live a better life,” Anna explained.

“We wish to help others overcome their hurdles – and we are very committed to supporting the development of new technologies and techniques which will give people with disabilities the chance to live better lives.”

This commitment to improving the lives of others led Anna to The Shepherd Centre, where she was invited to tour one of our centres to see the impact of her support first-hand. This visit left an indelible mark.

“I’ve always believed that hearing is one of the most important gifts in life. And I found it amazing to see that, by supporting The Shepherd Centre, you are truly giving the gift of hearing to children with disability – as well as the chance to live a full and fortunate life.”

As well as the philanthropic legacy she has chosen to leave behind, Anna hopes that hers and John’s generosity will act as a catalyst for others to do the same.

“It’s so important to give hope to people who are less fortunate than ourselves,” Anna said. “Our desire is for others to realise that, with thoughtfulness and generosity, medical research can advance – and the future will be brighter for us all as a result.”

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