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Wayne Pelling: Making a Difference Month by Month

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Working briefly with Burnet was enough to convince Wayne to become a committed monthly donor.

“I left school at 16 and promised myself never to study again. But here I am nearly 40 years later with qualifications in primary health care, nursing, midwifery and sociology.”

“Freud once said that the more educated a man becomes the more neurotic he is. That makes me a bit worried sometimes!” he jokes.

Wayne’s association with the Burnet Institute goes back a long way. Seventeen years ago, he was training youth workers to help injecting drug users.

“This experience led me to find out about HIV infection rates amongst members of that community. I immediately felt compelled to support Burnet.”

Wayne has maintained his support to Burnet ever since.

“Unlike other research institutes, Burnet is on the ground making a real difference in people’s lives. That’s why I feel so strongly about giving to Burnet”.

A few years ago, Wayne increased his involvement and decided to give to Burnet on a monthly basis.

“My mother taught me the importance of looking after those who are less fortunate and bring them up to where we are. I see my support to Burnet as a way to leave this world a better place.”


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