Great Southern product Richard Goyder a drawcard for hospice fundraiser

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Western Australian of the Year and proud Great Southern product Richard Goyder will be the special guest at an Albany Community Hospice fundraiser this month.

The former Wesfarmers chief executive will give insights into his life in business and philanthropy.

Mr Goyder, raised in Tambellup and Broomehill, was announced as the Western Australian of the Year last month in recognition of his dedication to philanthropy in various roles including as chairman of Telethon.

After a career as one of Australia’s most powerful business executives, he now serves as chairman of the AFL Commission, Woodside, Qantas, the WA Symphony Orchestra and the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

Albany Community Hospice fundraising committee chairwoman Jeanann Barbour said Mr Goyder was an inspiration.

“The hospice doesn't just deal with Albany people, so because he was born in Tambellup he is a country boy and knows the importance,” she said. “He is a proper hero, a very interesting person and speaks beautifully.”

Mr Goyder will give an address to guests, taking in his upbringing in the Great Southern and his extensive leadership experience.

“Richard will speak and then we will have a break with some live music,” Ms Barbour said.

“Then we start a question and answer session...I think he will get a lot of questions about the AFL.”

The fundraiser starts at 5pm on Thursday, July 22, at Retravision Stadium.

Tickets are available at Paperbark Merchants.

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