The significant contribution to Tasmania by Dutch immigrant George Huizing was recognized and honoured with donations to the University of Tasmania’s research efforts into Motor Neurone Disease.
Motor Neurone Disease is a progressive terminal neurological disease that can affect anyone. At present, there is no known cure or effective treatment and at present in Australia, two people are diagnosed every day with the disease. People with MND progressively lose the use of their limbs and ability to speak, swallow and breathe, whilst their mind and senses usually remain intact.
“George Huizing, who passed away late last year, was a successful businessman with a great sense of community. In that spirit and in honour of his life, I’m pleased to join with the Netherlands Australia Chamber of Commerce to make a personal financial contribution to this important research,” Senator Abetz said.
“In 1992 at the request of the Dutch Government, George established the Netherlands Australia Chamber of Commerce in Tasmania as in other states. George was the inaugural chair and brought the concept to a dynamic reality”
“The Chamber, along with some personal friends wanted to honour George’s contribution to our city and the community by providing support to Motor Neurone Disease. Motor Neurone Disease is a cruel disease. It took our colleague and friend and in his memory we want to help find a cure.” current Chair Dr Freddie von Schmidt said.
“Everyone knew George. Be it the Dutch-Australia Society, the Tasmanian Indonesian Business Council, the International Wall of Friendship, Multicultural Affairs or business generally George was well known, liked and his counsel eagerly sought."
“As a consul and head of the Consular Corps in Hobart he helped many people and ensured visitors and tourists alike always left having felt most welcome.”
George’s widow Nova – was a long term staff member at my office and his visits were always warmly anticipated as he always came with a cake!” Senator Abetz said.
The funds were received by Professor James Vickers on behalf of the University of Tasmania.
Friends and members of the community wishing to help the University of Tasmania’s Motor Neurone Disease research effort can make a donation by contacting Professor Vickers at the University of Tasmania.