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Queen’s birthday honours for QIMR Berghofer ambassador


Long-time supporter Rupert McCall honoured in Queen’s Birthday List

Rupert McCall and QIMR Berghofer supporter Denise Schellbach

Rupert McCall and QIMR Berghofer supporter Denise Schellbach

Wordsmith Rupert McCall has some extra letters to work with, after being awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) in the Queen’s Birthday honours.

The well-known poet is a familiar face to long-time QIMR Berghofer supporters, as a regular host of QIMR Berghofer events.

QIMR Berghofer nominated Mr McCall for the award, in recognition of more than a decade of volunteering his time and talents to support and promote medical research.

“This is a much deserved honour for a great Australian,” QIMR Berghofer Deputy Director Professor Greg Anderson said.

“Rupert McCall has tremendous community spirit and inspires others  to make a positive difference in the world. He willingly donates hours of his time and talents to QIMR Berghofer every year.

“It is ironic that I, as a scientist, am trying to find the right words to adequately thank a wordsmith like Rupert McCall. I can only resort to a heartfelt thank you,” Professor Anderson said.

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