12 June 2014

Cromwell foundation supports 'suicide disease' with $50,000

The newly-launched Cromwell Foundation has provided $50,000 in much needed funding to the Trigeminal Neuralgia Association (TNA) Australia to help support the group’s plans for an important national conference in 2015.

Trigeminal Neuralgia is a rare and painful condition known as the ‘suicide disease’ due to the extreme pain it causes on the facial area.

A simple action such as shaving, brushing teeth or just a breeze on the cheek can trigger intense burning or shocking facial pain lasting for seconds or hours. Attacks generally worsen over time, with fewer and shorter pain-free periods in between.

TNA Australia is self-funded and run by unpaid volunteers. It organises support groups for those affected – about 10 in 100,000 people – as well as biennial conferences, newsletters, a website offering information, counselling, support and access to specialist advice and promoting awareness among health professionals.

The Cromwell Foundation’s donation will allow TNA Australia to push ahead with planning for their sixth national conference next year. The conference is an important event that allows international and local experts to discuss a range of issues and work towards defeating chronic pain.

Together with $50,000 donation to the Parkinson’s NSW, the donation to TNA Australia is the first distribution made by the Cromwell Foundation.

The Foundation was created by leading Australian property and funds manager Cromwell Property Group (ASX: CMW) to support health, education, social and community welfare, community benefits and humanitarian efforts in the community.

The Foundation seeks to support charities which may receive little public attention, but whose valuable work will benefit significantly through philanthropic support.

Cromwell Chief Executive Officer Paul Weightman said TNA Australia played a crucial role in empowering sufferers with information and support.

“With private money often going to more high profile charities and government funding becoming increasingly scarce it is important we don’t let organisations like TNA Australia fall by the wayside,” he said.

“The Foundation is pleased to provide this donation and wishes TNA Australia every success with their conference next year.”

"As a major property group in Australia we believe we have a responsibility to build stronger communities,” Mr Weightman said.

“Core to Cromwell’s success as a business is its workforce and the tenants that occupy our buildings. However, we also recognise that broader community participation is a central part of sound corporate citizenship.

Donations to the Cromwell Foundation of more than $2 are tax deductible. To donate, request a grant or seek more information on the Cromwell Foundation please go to www.cromwellfoundation.org.au

ENDS: For more information contact Irene Wood on +612 4579 6226 or irene.wood@tnaaustralia.org.au.