My mother, my inspiration

The life and times of the late Dame Elisabeth Murdoch were characterised by her generosity. Inspired by her philanthropy, five notable women tell how they are determined to continue her work.

As Mother's Day approaches, the delicate yellow-orange Dame Elisabeth standard rose will be doing double duty: not only growing to delight the green-thumbs who plant it in their gardens, but also to help raise funds for the Murdoch Children's Research Institute (MCRI), one of the nation's premier facilities searching for cures for the diseases and ailments that most commonly affect our kids.
As part of its annual Mother's Day Appeal, the Institute is encouraging supporters to hold a garden party fundraiser in May.
To celebrate the life of Dame Elisabeth, two generations of mothers and daughters were brought together by The Weekly to share their reflections on the importance of giving back and lessons learned from the most important woman in their life.
If you would like to support the Dame Elisabeth Murdoch Rose Mother's Day Appeal or to host a garden party, visit

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