Siege of Tobruk, 80th Anniversary Appeal

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2021 Fellowship recipient Dr Nicola Fearn with Rat of Tobruk, Tom Pritchard.

In the February edition of the Tobruk House News, the launch of the 80th Anniversary appeal was announced. The aim is to raise during 2021, $100,000 that will go into the ‘Rats of Tobruk Association Neuroscience Fellowship Fund’, which has become a ‘virtual’ monument to the mighty Rats of Tobruk. Since the fellowship fund was established by the surviving veteran’s, an annual Fellowship has been awarded to a young doctor so that he or she can undertake studies associated with paediatric neuroscience. The Fellowship has had an inspirational track record of success and achievement. It is a sought after, prestigious fellowship. The growing number of recipients is contributing to an international network of paediatric neuroscience specialist.

The initial response to the appeal has been good with just over $2,500 being raised to date. Thank you to all those who have contributed. Nevertheless, there is a considerable way to go. There is no better way to commemorate the 80th anniversary of the siege than by donating to the appeal. With the support of all descendants and others, the ambitious target will be achieved.

The link to this online appeal is:

Adding a gift in your Will is another way to help ensure the continuation of the fellowship. To learn more about how you can contribute to this most worthy cause by adding a gift in your will, or most importantly, to let the foundation know of your intention, please contact Jessica Frean, Planned Giving, RCH Foundation (03 9345 6389 or email:

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