Giving is a big part of Christmas – and three generations of one family have come together to donate a sculpture to Sydney Adventist Hospital they hope will inspire kindness and generosity for many years to come.
Freyni and Ardeshir Davar have a long history of encouraging charity work, and wanted their three daughters and eight grandchildren to be involved in a significant project to help others.
The result was the Davar Giving Tree, an eye-catching steel and copper hand-forged structure, with roots, a gnarled trunk, and hundreds of hammered light-reflecting leaves.
Now installed in a foyer opposite the main reception area at the hospital – known as the San – it can be engraved with details of future donors.
“We unanimously loved the concept of the Giving Tree,” said Toranz Wildie-McDaid, who was at the unveiling with her parents, sisters Farah MacLean, Ava Agnew and their children.
“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.”
Brett Goods, CEO of the Adventist HealthCare group that runs the San, said the sculpture would be soothing for hospital visitors.
“Patients come to us in various states of tension, anxiety and stress, so while the tree provides us opportunity to express gratitude to donors, it is also nice that it is so beautiful,” he said.
It was created by award-winning sculptor Richard Moffat, known for artworks including a Healing Tree at Canberra’s Federal Parliament – a national memorial apologising to survivors and victims of child sexual abuse.
“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,” Mrs Wildie-McDaid said, and thanked Mr Moffatt for “infusing it with your integrity and your heart”.
“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,” she added.
Karen Gair, managing director of the not-for-profit private hospital’s fundraising foundation, said the essence of philanthropy and giving is “those after us will benefit from our deeds today”.
“We hope this tree will be a reminder and encouragement to give. Our aim is also to recognise those who have been generous and we hope that one day the leaves will be filled with the names of San Foundation supporters who make a difference,” she said.