Generations of a family leave a lasting legacy

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Members of the Davar family in front of the new Giving Tree at the San.

The achievement of a life-long dream to inspire future philanthropy has been celebrated by three generations of a family following their donation of a metal “Giving Tree” sculpture to Sydney Adventist Hospital.

The Davar Giving Tree is a visually spectacular artistic steel and copper structure hand forged complete with roots, a gnarled trunk, and hundreds of hammered copper light catching and reflecting leaves, which can be engraved with details of future hospital donors. It was created by award-winning South Coast sculptor Richard Moffat.

Philanthropic couple Freyni and Ardeshir Davar have a long history of encouraging charity work and particularly wanted their three daughters and eight grandchildren to be involved in a significant project that would encourage future generations to donate and help others.

The close 16 strong family attended the installation of the commissioned artwork on Sunday, December 6.

According to daughter Toranz Wildie-McDaid, who was at the celebration with her sisters Farah MacLean, Ava Agnew and their children, her parents considered several ways they might help the hospital but a lasting legacy that inspired others became the whole family’s dream.

“We unanimously loved the concept of the Giving Tree,” she said. “The San hospital has been a place of care and comfort for our family for decades and we can think of no better place than this respected hospital for this tree to put down its roots.”

The leaves of the Giving Tree will be engraved with the names of future hospital donors.

Adventist HealthCare CEO Brett Goods said the sculpture will not only be a lovely way to acknowledge donors, but will also be much admired for its beauty.

“Patients come to us in various states of tension, anxiety and stress, so while the tree provides us an opportunity for us to express gratitude to donors, it is also nice that it is so beautiful,” Mr Goods said.

The three generations of the Davar family are proud of the union that has resulted in the tree. “This is a tangible symbol of Mum and Dad’s generous spirit and a beautiful inspiration to future generations to remember to embrace the joy of giving,” Ms Wildie-McDaid said.

“We hope this tree provides a place to reflect, to welcome and to give thanks. Perhaps in time this one tree will become a whole forest.”

The Davar Giving Tree is in the foyer of the hospital’s Clark Tower building opposite the main reception area.