Gavin Paul Bennier Memorial Research Fund
Gavin Paul Bennier Memorial Fund
Gavin Paul Bennier was a larger-than-life character - likeable, friendly and everyone’s mate. He had a certain spark that made people want to be around him. Independent, strong, incredibly loyal and determined, Gavin succeeded at all he pursued through sheer grit and persistence.
He loved his family, his girlfriend and his trusty border collie, Jill, with all his heart. His other great loves were a turtle named Spike, the Carlton Football Club and motor vehicles of all makes and models.
Gavin had a happy life, but it was a life that tragically ended all too soon.
On 18 May 2017, Gavin sadly passed away. He was only 45 and had experienced two strokes and numerous seizures.
With heavy hearts, David and Shirley Bennier would like to celebrate the life of their beloved son and create a lasting legacy in his memory – the Gavin Paul Bennier Memorial Research Fund.
His strokes were caused by a rare, untreatable and deadly brain disorder called cerebral amyloid angiopathy (CAA). Alarmingly, this disorder, most commonly associated with the elderly, is becoming more prevalent in younger people.
David and Shirley are determined to honour Gavin’s life and make a difference to young stroke survivors by establishing a research fund in his memory.
The Gavin Paul Bennier Memorial Research Fund will support a scholarship which will bolster research into the disorder which took his life. The ultimate goal is to contribute to breakthroughs in the early diagnosis of CAA, treatment, prevention and ultimately find a cure.
David and Shirley also want the fund to help us better understand the impact of stroke on young people and help support them return to work, return to life.
If you’d like to talk to someone about the Gavin Paul Bennier Memorial Research Fund and the work of the Stroke Foundation to prevent, treat and beat stroke, please contact a member of the Individual Philanthropy Team
Phone: 1300 194 196
Donations over $2 to the Stroke Foundation for the Gavin Paul Bennier Memorial Research Fund are tax deductible.