The Cancer Research Trust is a registered charity established by Genesis Energy in 2002. It represented a major community project for the benefit of all New Zealanders in the fight against cancer.
Between 2002 and 2015 Genesis Energy endowed the trust with more than $8 million, and Genesis Energy customers contributed a further $11 million via their monthly energy bills. Running costs of the Trust were covered by Genesis Energy.
All donations from Genesis Energy customers have been applied to the fight against cancer; more than $11.2 million to date. The funds endowed by Genesis Energy were invested and income from the considerable capital sum accrued now covers Trust overheads and a portion of the research funding for current and future projects.
Donations are now received from the public at large and every dollar donated is applied to the work of the Trust.
The Trust is comprised of six trustees representing the medical, strategic and business aspects of Oncology. The key objectives of the Trust are the promotion of research and training in cancer-control and palliative care.
The Murray Jackson Clinical Training Fellowship
This award was named in recognition of the vision of the founding Chairperson of the Trust, Mr Murray Jackson. It was Mr Jackson who originated the idea of a Genesis Energy-sponsored charity to fund cancer-control research and education, and whose commitment and drive during its formative years laid the strong foundation for the Trust.
The John Gavin Postdoctoral Research Fellowship
Professor John Gavin wasbeen associated with the Trust since its inception and drew up the blueprint for its structure and grant assessment processes. John Gavin is an accomplished scientist and teacher and the annual Post doctoral Fellowship award was named in recognition of his contribution to the Trust.