Special occasion

If you, your family or friends have been touched by disease, making a donation to SVI in lieu of a birthday, wedding or anniversary gift is a wonderful way to show that you care while supporting medical research.

If you would like to make a donation in lieu of a gift or ask guests to your celebration to support SVI in lieu of a gift to you, call 03 9288 2480 or email

We can provide customised donation slips for your invitations or gift cards sized to fit inside any celebratory card.

A 50th with a difference

A Sunday afternoon at SVI normally sees PhD students and researchers working on their experiments, but the 2nd of December, 2013 was not a usual Sunday. SVI Foundation board member Benni Aroni and his wife Roz hosted an event at SVI to celebrate Roz’s 50th birthday with the aim of introducing her friends to a topic close to her heart: medical research.

“I have always really loved science and scientific research, so for my birthday I wanted to find a way of sharing this passion with my friends and family. I had been on several tours of SVI and loved each tour so it seemed the perfect way of showing real science to my guests in a fun way,” Roz said.

We thank both Roz and her husband Benni for their generosity and for assisting us promote the Institute in this special way. In lieu of donations to SVI for her birthday, Roz raised an impressive $10,000.

If you would like to raise funds for SVI in lieu of gifts for your next birthday, SVI has made it easier by enabling you to create your own online fundraising page. To find out more visit