Singer, songwriter and actress Delta Goodrem’s life was changed irrevocably after suffering Hodgkins Lymphoma at 18. Having battled and beaten the cancer, one her greatest dreams has been to repay the help she received and love and kindness shown. This has now been realised with the launch of her own Foundation. Delta talks to Thrive.
In June 2020, Delta Goodrem launched the Delta Goodrem Foundation which strives to spread kindness, hope and support for those facing illness, hardship and inequality.
The Foundation launched with a lead collaboration with St Sydney’s Vincent’s Hospital and The Kinghorn Cancer to help fund medical research in cellular therapy for blood cancers and auto-immune diseases.
Cellular therapies uses a patient’s own cells as treatment. It has the potential to transform bone marrow transplantation and cure many types of blood cancers and other diseases as well as help to fight infection and increase immunity.
The goal of the Delta Goodrem Foundation and St Vincent’s Hospital partnership is to bring together their lab research and patient trials along with their international collaborations to rapidly advance therapies and interventions that will alleviate the suffering of the hundreds of thousands of people worldwide afflicted with malignant and auto-immune diseases.
For more information visit: www.deltagoodremfoundation.org
Delta also recently collaborated with longtime friend Lizzie Renkert, co-founder and director of Australian fashion label We Are Kindred, to launch the Fashion Heart with Heart initiative:
At the heart of the campaign are exquisite scarves, all proceeds from sales of which will go to the Delta Goodrem Foundation.
I am forever grateful for the care and kindness that I received at St Vincent’s during my own cancer treatment. The doctors and nurses were my angels, and the hospital is very close to my heart.
Here Delta talks exclusively to Thrive magazine:
Q. How did the collaboration with Lizzie Renkert and Fashion With Heart come about and what inspired the idea of scarves being at the centre of it?
Lizzie and I have been friends for many years. Recently she shared an idea to collaborate, and I was very inspired by her and honoured that she thought of the Delta Goodrem Foundation.
We began developing the idea further, decided on scarves and then went through the creative processes of deciding fabrics and designs.
Q. How has the campaign been going?
The collaboration has been a terrific partnership – everyone has really loved the scarves. It has been very meaningful to be able to combine fashion and the Delta Goodrem Foundation to help support cutting edge cellular therapy research at St Vincent’s.
Q. Your support for St Vincents Hospital and Kinghorn Cancer Centre, as well as cancer patients overall, has been nothing short of stupendous. What has driven you all these years to maintain such dedication?
I am forever grateful for the care and kindness that I received at St Vincent’s during my own cancer treatment.
The doctors and nurses were my angels, and the hospital is very close to my heart.
I am committed to giving back to St Vincent’s, the doctors, nurses, and patients going through treatment in any way that I can.
Q. Congratulations on your recent number 1! You made quite an impact at Australian Fashion Week singing your hit in that spectacular dress. Which brings us to the tour in September/October. Can you give us a “preview” of what concertgoers can look forward to?
The concert will be a mixture of new songs from my Bridge Over Troubled Dreams album along with favourite songs from throughout the years.
Delta has announced her Bridge Over Troubled Dreams headlining arena tour throughout Australia and New Zealand in September and October 2021. $1+ GST from every tour ticket purchased is being donated to the Delta Goodrem Foundation.
Tickets are on sale now. For more information visit: www.deltagoodrem.com/events