The Quest has a long and interesting history. It began in 1970 as a Lions project to involve women in the activities of the Lions Medical Research Foundation .
The Quest is one of the fundraising arms of the Lions Medical Research Foundation which itself began in 1963. The Foundation's aim is to provide seed funding to fledgling medical researchers as it has for over 40 years, and plans to do so well into the future. This is an investment into the future health of generations.
The Quest has had an interesting history as it has now spanned a number of generations and social changes. Entrants still come from a variety of backgrounds and geographical locations. As the Quest is open to women in Queensland and Northern New South Wales, and it is now open to all women over 18 years. This diversity of women brings a myriad of strengths, experience and knowledge with the common desire to make a health services better for not only Australians but also for others throughout the world.
This desire has allowed Prof. Ian Frazer , who received seed funding from the Lions Medical Research Foundation, through the Quest , together with his team, develop the world renowned vaccine against cervical cancer, Gardasil. This is just one example of a Foundation/Quest research outcome. There are many more.
During the past forty five years, the women who have been Entrants have come from many walks of life and experiences. Some have gone on to a more public life working in the media, some have pursued their careers in numerous professions and certainly most have continued to work within the community nurturing their social conscience.
Social changes in that time reflect in the way the Quest must evolve with these changes. With the renaming and rebranding, the Quest now has vibrancy, currency and importantly, a strong focus on involving conscientious, supportive individuals to achieve this universal objective.
Become involved and you will be part of this successful history.