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Largess than Life 生命的非凡赏识

Susan Alberti, AC

Susan Alberti Medical Research Foundation (SAMRF),  Founder & Chairman

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The epitome of compassion served in cash and kind, Susan Alberti Medical Research Foundation (SAMRF) creator is Australia’s beacon of benevolence. Deborah Joy Peter digs deep to unmask the silhouette behind the story.

慈悲又实际的象征,身为Susan Alberti 医学研究基金会
(SAMRF)的创始者-Susan Alberti是澳大利亚医学领域一盏明亮温暖的灯塔。

Although bred into humble beginnings, Bairnsdale welcomed a heroine 68 years ago when Dr. Susan Alberti was born in May of 1947 to a serenading policeman and homemaking draftswoman. The Victoria native was raised in scarcity, yet what she lacked in riches growing up, she has since made up for in humanity. During an era where females were typically deprived of a tertiary education, she made no excuses over securing success.

SELF WITH SACRIFICE
Today one of the country’s greatest altruistic forces, the Western Bulldogs Football Club vice president and highly-acclaimed philanthropist is known for the tens of millions she has helped raise in support of medical research surrounding juvenile diabetes through the ‘Walk for the Cure’ annual fundraiser she founded in 1994. Originating in Melbourne and Sydney, the movement has since expanded to other regions nationwide.

Meanwhile, a far-reaching entrepreneur who established the Dansu Group with her late husband about four decades prior, her no-nonsense administrative style and penchant for business made her one of the first women state-wide to foray into construction back in the day. The determined duo dedicated an entire marriage to cultivating an industrial and commercial development venture from the ground up.

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“We didn’t have a lot. We just had enough to put on the table. I didn’t have anything extra like most kids had. I always had a part-time job. I was working around school, before school, weekends, and holidays.”

East meets west
Presently stationed at a physical office which once served as the family nest, she seeks solace in the memories that envelope her atmosphere as she labours on with love. The age-old tale begins with her meeting blue-eyed Italian stud, Angelo Alberti, at a Hawthorn Town Hall dance in 1963. The teenage trailsman had arrived in the land down under three years earlier with zero dollars in his pocket and no English tucked under his belt.

Still cupid struck and four years into their courtship, the pair sealed their union in matrimony, only to return to the grind shortly after, where 16-hour workdays followed. From a piggery to pool installations to manufacturing to building, the tenacious twosome was unstoppable in their quest to solidify their household with the promise of good returns and prosperous order. Yet, circumstance found a way to flip marital bliss on its toes.

Sticks on stones
Horror hit when a rod went through the builder’s left eye while boxing up some concrete, forcing him into a series of 12 surgeries to save the organ, which he ended up losing anyhow sometime later. The tragic turn of events led to a career change; the silver lining-Dansu Group came into existence. Then in 1969, came Danielle, the couple’s bundle of joy and only offspring. “She was an absolute delight; my best friend,” the reminiscent mother notes.

Life was content, at least until the kid was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes at 12. Major hurdles surfaced but the trio coped. Alberti juggled between the many hats she wore-wife, mother, businesswoman, and employer to 250 workers. Yet, fate remained harsh. Her husband passed following a 1996 hit-and-run. Half a decade later, her ailing daughter died in her arms while the two were on a medical emergency led plane ride from Los Angeles to Australia.

Sweat and tears
As the blanket-clad 32-year-old rested in peace beside her guardian, Alberti looked at her child and swore that her personal fight for a cure would never end. Instead of a kidney, the cause has since become the living embodiment of the bereaving woman’s unwavering passion for her loved one. The loss has solidified her over 30-year involvement with notable medical research institutes like St Vincent’s, Baker IDI, and Walter + Eliza Hall.

Additionally, former Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and current Victoria University Foundation chair has dedicated plenty of her personal time and resources to aiding the community with scholarships for migrant children. “My heart’s in the west of Melbourne. With a high incidence of diabetes and lack of education, resources, and infrastructure, there are many struggling families out there,” she tells Essenze.

TURNING THE PAGE
A diabetic patient herself-a frightening fact which she discovered during her recent cancer treatment-the football and gardening fiend has weathered many storms across a lifetime. The more she lost, the more she gave. Despite the winding road that has been her epic journey, today she is happily married to fellow philanthropist, engineer, and husband of 10 years, Colin North. “It doesn’t matter what, just do something,” Alberti urges.

这名已经迈入68岁的巾帼英雄,出生于1947年5月,双亲是警察与主妇的家庭组合,她在自食其力、勉强饱足的情况下长大成人。在那样的一个时代,女性普遍被剥夺接受高等教育-上大学的机会,但这一切没成为她的借口,仅是为以后成功事迹锦上添花。

自我与牺牲
今天,她成为这个国家伟大的无私力量。除了是“西部牛头犬橄榄球俱乐部”副会长与备受赞誉的慈善家,她透过成立于1994年的医学研究年度筹款晚会,至今筹获数以百万基金协助青少年糖尿病患者透过步行治愈。而在墨尔本和悉尼之外,这项运动已扩展到全国地区。

同时,这名慎密深远的企业家与已故丈夫在40年前建立了Dansu集团,硬朗直率的管理风格和业务喜好使她成为早期涉足建筑业的出色女性管理者之一,而与经营婚姻一样,他们也致力于开发工商业领域。

东与西邂逅
驻扎在那个也曾是温馨小窝的办公室,她沉浸在工作与爱情甜美记忆的氛围中。古老的故事始于1963年在霍索恩市政厅的舞会,她邂逅了蓝眼睛的意大利青年Angelo Alberti。这名青年当时身上毫无分文,甚至连英语沟通能力也欠缺。

在丘比特之箭撮合下,他们在爱情慢跑4年后终步入婚姻。从猪舍、池子安装、制造到建筑工人,两名顽强的青年男女寻求家庭平稳和良好的回报。然而,黑色暗影却朝着他们的婚姻生活席卷而至。

生活的重击
事故发生得毫无征兆,当在钢骨水泥中工作时,一只杆子穿过建筑工丈夫的左眼,而他为了挽救器官进行12次的手术。这悲剧的事件导致职业变化,也催生Dansu集团。1969年, 女儿Danielle诞生,这是Susan所有幸福喜悦的泉源。“她是一个绝对的快乐,我最好的朋友。”

生活重击再度袭来,女儿12岁时被诊断为1型糖尿病患者,成为这三口之家的梦魇。那时,她拥有多层身份:妻子、母亲,女性企业家和250名工人的雇主。然而,命运依旧百般作弄,她的丈夫在1996年一场肇事逃逸事故中去世。数年后,重病的女儿死在她的臂弯里,当她们从洛杉矶乘飞机到澳大利亚欲进行急救时刻。
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“我们不富裕,吃喝也刚好足够。我不像大多数孩子们有额外的物质,我总是有兼职的工作,在上学前后,还有周末和节假日。”

汗水与眼泪
32岁的她在身边守护并凝视女儿的脸孔:发誓个人的医疗治愈抗争永远不会结束。她的坚定与热情意志也体现在对她所爱的人,逾30年参与贡献著名的医学研究机构像St Vincent’s, Baker IDI与Walter + Eliza Hall等。

此外,作为前青少年糖尿病研究基金会和目前维多利亚大学基金会主席,她奉献心力和资源协助筹募社区外来务工人员子女的奖学金。“我的心牵挂墨尔本西部,那里有许多贫困家庭,而糖尿病的高发病率与缺乏教育、资源和基础设施息息相关。”她告诉Essenze。

翻过这一页
除了糖尿病,她最近因身患癌症而展开另一轮治疗抗争,这些可怕的事实经历印证了她布满荆棘的人生,但她失去得越多,却奉献更多。尽管走在蜿蜒曲折的道路,今天她却拥有了10年的幸福婚姻-慈善家兼工程师的丈夫Colin North。“无论是什么,能做多少就去做。”

Parallel Streams & Terrible Muddles 狂热艺术&慈善因子

Rupert Myer AO

Chair, Australia Council for the Arts

Rupert Myer with that “permanent charm of youth” one would dare say, is the representation of adrenaline in its purest form. With a smile that powerfully inspires, he operates on a currency of ideas. Born with philanthropy in his blood and art advocator with the nose of a bloodhound, Australia watches as he changes the landscape and profile of the Australian art and culture scene leading it to a platform of whole new dynamics. Over coffee at The Westin Singapore, Rupert shares his philosophy of living life in parallel streams. “My personal passions all intersect and don’t remain parallel or stagnant. Of course this will cause a terrible muddle at times, but that is part of the pleasure of being able to exchange and share ideas.”

Rupert Myer一出生,仿佛慈善因子就在他的血液里流淌,而拥有猎狗般的鼻子也让他成为优秀的艺术倡导者。他改变了澳大利亚的艺术和文化场景,并且塑造全新动态平台景观。“我的激情是交叉状态,不会平行或停滞,可能会造成混乱,但能够交流和分享,也是一种乐趣。”

“Philanthropy is not only financial support but what you give of yourself as well.”

What Rupert stands for in business, philanthropy and the arts today carries the inevitable influence of his family’s history. Rupert’s grandfather Sidney Myer, businessman, philanthropist, arrived in Melbourne from Belarus in 1899. It was here in Melbourne that Sidney Myer laid the blueprints that brought the Myer name to fame. In business, he established Australia’s icon of department stores, Myer. Today Rupert is the only family member who sits on the Board of Myer Holdings. His grandparents in their trans-Pacific crossings between San Francisco and Melbourne fired the passion for collecting art with their collection of Chinese antiquities and jade. Sidney Myer was a man “who was incredibly engaged in the community and felt a great sense of pleasure in supporting different initiatives. He never talked about it as giving back, it was just giving as an act of generosity” says Rupert of his grandfather.

Later generations have continued with this interest of engaging in various philanthropic and business initiatives but the arts have always been of specific interest. In particular was Sidney Myer’s love of concert music being played outdoors, which led to the founding of the Sidney Myer Free Concerts. His estate was bequeathed with sufficient funds for such performances. Today the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra performs under the baton of world-renowned conductors to about 40 000 people for 3 nights a year – for free.

Those who have observed him will say “Don’t be fooled, as he can be extremely analytical and tough where he needs to be”

As Chairman of the Australia Council for the Arts, these qualities would be expected. Rupert explains the strategy employed to steer Australian international art forward. According to him, “Australian art in all its forms is now more visible and recognised. There is a sense in which Australia comes across as an ambitious nation culturally and there is a wide array of opportunities for artists. There is the undeniable presence of Australia in contemporary dance, ballet, the visual arts, music, literature and theatre and there are many Australian arts professionals holding senior positions with the world’s great institutions”

The Australia Council is the Commonwealth Government’s principal arts funding agency. Rupert explains, “Our responsibility is to fund new and emerging art and administer the funding of major performing arts companies. As a national funding body we have a responsibility to focus on the whole country and entire arts sector. What’s changed in the last couple of years is that it is no longer easy to talk exclusively about individual arts because of the incredible fusion happening across and between different art forms.”  For example, he explains, “in Melbourne last year, I attended a Victorian Opera production in collaboration with Malthouse Theatre. It was an operatic performance of “The Riders” by Tim Winton with original libretto and music compositions. A group of highly creative artists chose to tell the story through the medium of opera though, they were not handed the opera art form to start with. What is it called?  Prior to now, public funding for such a production would have required multiple submissions to different funding sources. Now, this can be done through one process. ”

These are indeed very vibrant and exciting times internationally as can be seen in the Venice Biennale which is a great showcase for Australian artists.” This time Rupert says with pride, “the Biennale curator invited 7 Australian artists to participate and in addition to this there are about another 2 dozen Australian artists taking part. Senior Australian curator – Alexi Glass Kantor – who runs Artspace in Sydney, curated Art Basel Hong Kong’s Encounters, the 2015 edition, so it was all the more exciting for Australia”

A related area of focus is to encourage and facilitate international curators to visit and work in Australia and to give Australians the opportunity to enjoy contemporary international art. The Australia Council, together with the New South Wales government, co-funds the Sydney Biennale, which is a platform for programs by international artists.

Under Rupert’s chairmanship, the Australia Council has adopted an ‘artist-centric’ approach that ensures that the support and promotion of artists and their work is the priority. “This complements our system of arms length from Government, peer assessment, which means funding applications are assessed by people with expertise or knowledge in arts practice and the arts sector who are best placed to make a determination of the merit of artistic proposals.” Rupert states that the Council is ultimately responsible to the Australian government, Australian artists and the people.

“If you put your hand up early on in life for a role in the arts, the experience you get in that position helps you make your own luck when being considered for other roles”

His first involvement in the arena of art and culture began when he was asked to join the National Gallery of Victoria Foundation in early 1990s. It was rather unusual as he was the youngest Board member then.

From there he went on to chair the Foundation and serve as trustee of the Gallery and then as Board member of the Museum of Contemporary Art in Sydney.

In 2001 he was asked to chair a Commonwealth Government inquiry into the contemporary visual arts and crafts sector which made recommendations for the structure and levels of government funding of the sector, legislation, copyright, re-sale royalty, artists’ incomes and training and private sector support for the arts. Many of the recommendations were adopted by government…

What’s in store?

In the future one can expect Rupert to continue to energetically pursue the Australia Council’s strategic plans to support and promote Australian art and artists at home and internationally. At the same time, his business interests, enjoying time with friends, and most importantly with his family, will be part of his ‘parallel streaming’.

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Rupert 的祖父 Sidney Myer,一名长袖善舞的商人和慈善家,1899年来到墨尔本,原籍白俄罗斯。祖父奠定他们家族的成名蓝图,在经营中,他建立了澳大利亚百货商场的图标 – Myer。今天 Rupert 是唯一在 Myer 控股董事会的家族成员。

另外,由于 Sidney Myer 热爱户外音乐会,继而促成“ Sidney Myer 免费乐团”的成立。他的遗产捐赠资金足以支持这样的表演。今天,墨尔本交响乐团由世界著名指挥家带领,一年3次为约4万人提供免费演出。

作为澳大利亚议会艺术委员会主席,Rupert Myer 解析澳大利亚艺术朝国际前进的策略。“澳大利亚艺术的形式和定位更加明显和确定,雄心勃勃的国家文化和各色艺术家共冶一炉。我们有当代舞、芭蕾舞和视觉艺术。另外,音乐,文学和戏剧皆有不可忽视的存在,许多澳大利亚艺术专业人员正在全球最好的机构担任高级职务。”

“我们的责任是资助新兴艺术和管理大型演艺公司资金,作为国家拨款机构,我们有责任把焦点放在整个国家和演艺领域。”

澳大利亚议会是联邦政府主要艺术资助机构。“我们的责任是资助新兴艺术和管理大型艺术演出公司资金,作为国家拨款机构,我们有责任把焦点放在整个国家和艺术文化领域。”他解释说,在此之前,艺术制作的公共资金来源显得曲折,现在,仅通过一个简单的过程来完成。

他自豪的说,在威尼斯双年展,共有数十名澳大利亚艺术家参加,而澳大利亚籍高级策展人 – Alexi Glass Kantor ,策划了2015年香港巴塞尔艺术节,让本国艺术更大放异彩。

澳大利亚议会通过了一项“艺术家为中心”的做法,确保艺术家受到财务支持和推动。“这意味着资金作为应用程序的评估体系,以专业知识做出决定艺术价值的建议。”

Rupert认为,理事会必须向澳大利亚政府、艺术家和人民负责到底。“如果你扮演某个角色,那么你造就了本身丰富经验,会在其他角色方面更显得游刃有余。”他第一次站上艺术文化的舞台,始于1990年初加入维多利亚国家美术馆,当时他是最年轻的董事会成员,作为开端,Rupert Myer 也陆续成为基金会主席悉尼现代艺术博物馆的董事会成员等。

在2001年,他受到联邦政府委托调查现代视觉艺术和工艺部门,并观察有关部门和提出建议,包括政府资助的立法、版权、版税、薪金等各类问题,他的意见也为政府所接纳。

在未来愿景中,他也将持续协助澳大利亚议会在艺术工业中提供更好的发展策略,拓展国内和国际的艺术文化交流。

谈到家庭和私人时间,他微笑说,除了自己本身的商务事业,他特别沉溺与家人、朋友还有伙伴相处时刻,这是珍贵的“放空”时刻。

Building The Way to The Future 构筑未来

Nicole Chow Managing Director, UAG (United Asia Group)

The housing industry is one that is tough and without the proper know-how, it is one that is not easy to build a success from. Blazing her way through this tough industry, Nicole Chow is now known as the developer who produces creative and functional living spaces that not only look good but offer a stylist alluring lifestyle to her customers. The dynamic developer shares her thoughts with EZ recently on leading UAG Group of Companies towards greater success in the Land Down Under.

The pivotal year in Nicole Chow’s life would have to be 1997 when she started UAG with a target of building beautiful luxurious homes in Australia. Ever since that crucial year, the UAG Group of Companies has created a name for itself as a formidable developer with over 40 projects under its belt.

Today, the developer has stepped up in scale and prestige so UAG is now constructing projects that cost well in excess of AUD$100 million. The secret to Chow’s success has to be her strong determination in achieving her goals and taking a strong hand in leading her team towards her goals. “I like to think that my creativity allows me to identify an opportunity efficiently so I quickly rule out any project that does not stimulate me or a project that doesn’t allow me to build upon our young but significant brand identity,” she shared.

The managing director of UAG Group says she works strategically to ensure that her company pursues only worthwhile projects that she and her architect husband from SJB, Tony Battersby, can be proud of. “We both know that a project will often take years to come to fruition, so you need a beautiful, satisfying and hopefully profitable project that will keep you energized and focussed for the entire life of the project,” she said. This is the reason why UAG continues to pave the way in building prestigious projects as it rolls from one good project into the next with a passion.

It is never easy leading such a large group but this does not deter Chow from taking the reins and holding it firmly. She believed it is her strong passion for her profession that kept her going despite her demanding schedules that involved extensive travelling and long work days on site or in the studio. Despite her tight schedules, she always ensures that she travels in style and she always engages professional consultants and builders who understand her vision for her projects. “I also balance out the draining aspects of my role in the company by having a really cool office…currently my studio is located in one of my recent projects – Emblem,” she said.

The outspoken lady loves the idea of becoming an architect but she decided that her business skills are much better put to use, a decision that led to the creation of UAG and her current success as a developer.

“I was perhaps too impatient to endure the five long years of an architectural degree but I still retain a passion for design and architecture which I combined with my business acumen to build UAG into my new Australian empire.”

All UAG’s projects are a stylish representation of an alluring lifestyle and Chow is extremely passionate about each project they undertake.

Each UAG project bears Chow’s signature of a prestigious location and a sophisticated architectural design that combines thoughtful and liveable floor plans with beautiful materials and finished palette. She may have been in the industry for almost two decades but the process of creating new living spaces continues to fascinate her till this day. “It is wonderfully satisfying to locate a site, engage a talented team and actively lead and manage the team all the way through the challenging journey from start to finish,” she said of every project UAG completed.

UAG has shifted to larger scale projects recently which Chow agrees represent a significant increase in risk but she thinks it is time for the company to make the shift to align with market conditions for continued success. She said UAG is now versatile enough to respond rapidly to these opportunities in the market especially when backed with a talented team of designers, advisors, bankers and builders.

“We have a new boutique scaled development in the beautiful suburb of Armadale called 881 that is scheduled to commence very soon,” the Melbourne-based developer says. The new project will feature 70 apartments with a broad range of types from expansive four bedroom residences to one and two bedroom units. “The apartments will be beautifully designed by my favourite architect and his clever team,” she said, adding that the project will also boast a stunning rooftop pool and garden terrace.

The future of UAG looks bright as Chow promises to forge ahead by continuing to search out wonderful locations and building gorgeous residences in Melbourne. “We remain eager in building creative liveable spaces and we are always on the hunt to create another signature UAG Project,” she promised.

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所谓外行看热闹,内行看门道,房产行业如缺乏确凿的业务技术和长远思路,其实是一个不容易建设且取得成功的事业。而具备炽热理念的 Nicole Chow 却通过这艰难的行业证明了自己:她所创立的UAG集团(United Asia Group)目前被视为是集无限创意、功能性和优美生活空间于一身的房产开发公司。这位以优美奢华风格闻名的设计型房产开发商,与EZ分享了她的构思与主导的集团在土地上迈向更长远的未来路途。

1997年,这对 Nicole 来说是关键的一年,为了在澳大利亚建设美丽豪华住宅的想法,她开创UAG集团,而现在公司日愈强大,已开发逾40个房产项目。随着加大规模和延续声望,目前具有超越1亿澳元巨额成本的建设项目。

她的成功秘诀是实现目标,带领团队强而有力地朝着目标前进的坚定决心。

我觉得是创造力让我找到机会,并且迅速排除任何没有鼓舞性、无法建立我们品牌象征的项目。作为UAG集团的董事经理,她指出,公司只追求有价值的项目,这是她与来自SJB公司的建筑师丈夫 Tony Battersby 皆感到自豪的一点。

我们都知道,一个房产项目往往需要数年时间实现成果,所以你需要一个美丽、满意并且盈利可行的项目,会使你充满活力,愿意投注和聚焦生命能量。

我们都知道,一个房产项目往往需要数年时间实现成果,所以你需要一个美丽、满意并且盈利可行的项目,会使你充满活力,愿意投注和聚焦生命能量。

这就是为何UAG不断寻求延续和突破,从深具声誉的项目进入下一个好项目的激情所在。

领导一个庞大群体不是件易事,但这并不妨碍 Nicole 在业务上的掌控能力。

她认为,再苛刻的时间表也动摇不了她的职业和坚持,包括在现场或工作室长时间工作的热情。尽管紧密的日程安排,她会确保本身风格,她从事着专业顾问和建设者,了解并渗透项目概念与需求。

我在公司里扮演着平衡的协调角色,并且有一个很酷的办公室……目前我的工作室坐落在我们近期的代表性项目 – Emblem 精品公寓。她直言有成为建筑师的想法,但运用自己的业务技能,作为一个成功开发商引导UAG更为重要。

她说,也许没耐心忍受漫长5年以获取建筑师学位,但仍然抱持创意设计和建筑思路,结合本身的商业触觉,希望建设UAG为她的澳大利亚新王国。所有建设项目都是时尚诱人的生活方式,我们热情看待所有承担的项目计划。

UAG 所开发的房产项目具代表性特征:那就是精选优雅地点和繁复建筑设计相呼应,还有宜居平面图搭配优美材料成品。

在同行业近20年,创新生活空间的过程是持续吸引她的地方。现在设有令人满意的据点,包括一个优秀的团队,积极的领导和富挑战性的过程,从开始到结束都一气呵成的管理组合。她认为,流畅的团队配合是使项目达致最高完成度的原因。

随着业务发展转移至规模更大的项目,她也赞同这意味着增加风险,但她认为改变公司策略符合市场条件才能持续成功。目前UAG集团的组合条件足以快速应对机遇市场,特别是拥有优秀设计师团队、顾问,银行家和建设者的强硬后盾。

我们有一个新的精品规模计划,在美丽高级郊区 Armadale 881公寓项目,

计划马上开始。新项目将有70公寓间单位,结构范围广泛,从广阔配置的4居室,也有1居室和2居室住宅的单元类型。公寓将由我最喜欢的建筑师和他的精英团队一手打造,非常漂亮。她补充说,该项目还将拥有一个令人惊叹的房顶游泳池和花园露台。

总部位于墨尔本的UAG集团将锐意进取寻找精彩的方向,在当地建设华美的住宅。我们持续着创造宜居空间的渴望,寻觅并落实另一个UAG代表性项目。”Nicole Chow承诺。