You can double our chances of beating COVID-19

Tuesday 2 June 2020

Help us win the race against Coronavirus.


Keith and Glenda Drake are business people and great-grandparents who have spent their life working hard and growing a nest egg for their family, all while caring for their son who has cerebral palsy. When Coronavirus arrived on our shores, Keith and Glenda made the generous decision to donate $100,000 of their savings to support the RBWH’s efforts in combating this virus.

Keith and Glenda’s donation will mean that you can double our chances of beating COVID-19, as every donation up to $100,000 will be matched by the Drakes. Every dollar can and will make a difference, thanks to Keith, Glenda and all our incredible donors.


A message from David Rosengren Executive Director, Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital.

First of all, I would like to thank you for adhering to social distancing guidelines and for keeping our healthcare workers safe.

Over the past few months the RBWH has:

  • Increased ICU beds and treated COVID-19 patients
  • Ensured healthcare workers are protected with the appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) and supported during this crisis
  • Developed emergency plans and increased the number of ventilators and other vital medical equipment on hand in case of a substantial increase in COVID-19 patients
  • Established fever clinics, new patient and hospital protocols, and conducted thousands of COVID-19 tests
  • Distributed drugs to around 70 hospitals in Australia and over 10 hospitals in New Zealand for COVID-19 clinical drug trials

Elective surgery has now resumed at the Hospital, but in the coming months we will continue to ensure that we are well prepared for COVID-19 patients should an outbreak occur.

It is vitally important that we continue to do everything we can to prevent further infections and continue to develop treatments. We know this is a difficult time, but your donation will double our chances of beating COVID-19.

A message from Professor David Paterson, Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital Consultant Infectious Diseases Physician.

I’m Professor David Paterson, Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital (RBWH) Consultant Infectious Diseases Physician. I oversee a team of world-leading clinical researchers and scientists who are working on a broad range of projects that will help in the fight against COVID-19.

RBWH Foundation has provided funding for urgent medical research projects such as COVID-19 clinical drug trials and is also raising funds for projects such as:

  • Testing medication dosages for COVID-19 patients
  • Testing a tuberculosis vaccine to protect frontline healthcare workers
  • Developing COVID-19 related superbug treatments
  • Grants supporting research in emergency medicine, infectious diseases and intensive care medicine.

We are extremely grateful to Keith and Glenda Drake who are matching all donations up to $100,000, donation and fund research into new treatments and prevention methods to fight COVID-19. With your help, we can get answers faster to overcome this pandemic and prevent so much additional suffering.