Almost four years ago, Louisa was celebrating Christmas with her mother in the CBD, Sydney. A decision to enjoy a coffee at the Lindt café at Martin Place – would change their lives forever.
During the Sydney siege, Louisa was shot in the foot and abdomen. As a result, she spent three months in recovery, firstly at the Prince of Wales Hospital in Randwick and also at a private rehabilitation hospital.
Louisa always wanted to try and get some good out of the tragedy she survived. When opportunity presented itself, she realised she could make a difference to those who treated her every day during her long recovery.
She generously donated the $25,000 she was gifted after her interview with Channel 9’s Sixty Minutes program, to the Prince of Wales Hospital Foundation. A gift given from a heart of gratitude, Louisa was equally encouraged, when it was matched by the then NSW Premier, Mike Baird and the generosity of Australians at large.
In March 2015, the Prince of Wales Hospital Foundation launched the Louisa Hope Fund for Nurses – to help nurses at the hospital have access to ‘seed money’, via a grant process, for any necessary equipment, research, education that was nurse initiated and that they deem worthy.
Louisa has tirelessly been fundraising and she has successfully raised over $180,000, for the “Louisa Hope Fund for Nurses at the Prince of Wales Hospital Foundation”. Last year, Louisa has also initiated the “Louisa Hope Fund for Nurses at the Nepean Hospital Foundation” and is looking forward to ongoing fund raising with the Communities of both Hospitals.