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Oliver's speech - 2014 Grant Handover


Tuesday 11 March 2014


"Good Morning friends of Finnan’s Gift.


Let me start with some introductions, let me start by introducing my family.


Firstly my wife, Alisa, the most beautiful woman in the world, aka superwoman, Alisa, who can do anything on and off the slopes.


This was evidenced none more so when five months ago she gave birth to our beautiful daughter, Florence.  Florence is an absolute superstar and it’s so amazing to have her here on this very special day.  She may wish to say a few words later in this speech, some might call it crying, we call it “saying a few words.” 


The fourth member of our family sadly can’t be with us today.  As most of you will know our first-born, Finnan Maximus Camplin-Warner, sadly passed away with congenital heart disease.  For ten days Finnan lived up to his gladiatorial name and fought to overcome his illness, but after six surgeries it all proved too much.


We loved our boy so much that we wanted to make sure his fight wasn’t for nothing, we wanted to do something which ensured his legacy lived on and hopefully would make him proud.  So, after much careful planning, Alisa and I set up Finnan’s charity, Finnan’s Gift.  A charity that seeks to raise awareness of congenital heart disease whilst also raising much needed funds for the one and only Royal Children’s Hospital.


Yesterday would have been Finnan’s third birthday, in the three years that has passed the little man has been working his magic and let’s just say he’s a very generous little boy.  He has raised over $800K and helped many boys and girls who were unfortunate enough to enter the world with heart problems.  He has donated a state of the art echocardiology scanner, funded crucial training for some of the wonderful nurses, helped the perfusion team research and further their equipment, he also has been busy buying fruit and magazines for the nurses and parents whenever they have a much deserved break.


We’re very proud of everything Finnan’s Gift has achieved, Alisa and I will never forget the times when we met the baby boy who was the first patient to use Finnan’s scanner, the smile on that boy’s face after his successful operation will stay with us forever.  And then there’s the time we were visiting the hospital and like everyone does we went to have a look at the fish and the sharks whizzing around.  Whilst we were there Alisa received a tap on the shoulder and she turned to be greeted by a hug from a baby girl’s mum who had again benefitted from Finnan’s Gift.  That’s what we stand for, making a tangible difference to the patients, the parents and the staff of the RCH." - Oliver Camplin-Warner








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