Media & Announcements



Ekka Strawberry Sundaes return to Brisbane


The Common Good - July 26, 2022

The iconic Strawberry Sundae return to the Ekka, funding medical discoveries with every scoop.

The iconic Ekka Strawberry Sundaes return to Brisbane for the Royal Queensland Show this August for the first time in two years as The Common Good (an initiative of The Prince Charles Hospital Foundation) serves over 120,000 ice creams in their flagship event to support medical research.

From Wednesday, August 6 to Sunday, August 14, The Common Good will serve up the delicious and iconic treats from five Ekka Strawberry Sundae stalls in the RNA Showgrounds with all the profits supporting life-changing medical research into heart disease, lung disease, mental health and dementia.


World-first early detection techniques helping Australians with dementia take control.


The Common Good - July 19, 2022

A world-first early detection technique is being developed at The Prince Charles Hospital that researchers hope will identify dementia in patients years earlier, resulting in more personal and effective care.

Led by Geriatrician and Head of Research of Internal Medicine, Dr Eamonn Eeles, the technique applies a new isotope dye that makes maps the brain by identifying the footprint left by nerves talking to one another and so gives researchers, and doctors, unique information about how the brain is behaving.


Our Juicy Tribute to A QLD Icon Returns.


Stone & Wood - July 7, 2022

Back for its third year, our strawberry and cream sour sensation – Strawberry Sundae Kisses – has returned and is bubbling away in our Brisbane Brewery, getting ready for an early August release.

Each year, proceeds from our Strawberry Sundae Kisses, sold exclusively from our Brisbane Brewery, are directed to The Common Good, the fundraising initiative of The Prince Charles Hospital in Brisbane.

For the past two years, the legends of Southeast Queensland have absolutely got behind our delicious homage, with the brew selling out both years in a matter of weeks.


Rallying The Common Good for Caboolture Hospital


Moreton Daily - June 21, 2022

The Common Good has officially launched its partnership with Caboolture Hospital, an appeal to raise $100,000 and announced funding for seven research projects at the hospital

The organisation has been working with Caboolture and Kilcoy Hospitals and the Woodford Corrections health service for the past three years but wanted to get some runs on the board and traverse the worst of the COVID-19 pandemic before launching its first appeal.

The appeal aims to raise $100,000 for an incubator bed for critically ill new-born babies and to refurbish the children’s play area.

The Common Good, which has worked with The Prince Charles Hospital for about 30 years, is seeking support from local businesses and community leaders across the region with every dollar going to the appeal.


'Humbled' by Queen's honour for decades of service


Moreton Daily - June 13, 2022

Michael Hornby said he is “surprised, humbled and not quite sure how to react” after being recognised in the Queen’s Birthday Honours, which were announced last night.

The Albany Creek resident has been awarded an Order of Australia Medal (OAM) for his “service to the community through a range of roles" with charities.

Over 30 years he has launched The Smith Family in Queensland, raised millions for Surf Life Savers, started an RSPCA animal care campus and founded the Wildlife Warriors at Australia Zoo.

He now raises funds for medical research as CEO of The Common Good at Prince Charles Hospital Foundation, Chermside, “meeting people who are alive because of the small, but essential, role we play”.


The Common good partner with Lite n' Easy


Media Release - May 16, 2022

The Common Good are proud to partner with Lite n’ Easy for second year running.

The Common Good are proud to announce Lite n’ Easy – Australia’s favourite meal delivery service - have come on board as partners for a second year running. Last year Lite n’ Easy customers raised over $44,000.

This year they hope to raise $50,000 for life-saving and life-changing medical research time that supports The Common Good’s critical research areas; lung disease, heart disease, mental health, and dementia.


Brisbane Ekka to return in 100 days after two years of COVID cancellations


ABC News - April 28, 2022

The Ekka's famous strawberry sundae, sales of which go to medical research charity The Common Good, will be available this year at the Ekka site in Bowen Hills.

The Common Good CEO Michael Hornby said the charity's biggest focus now was to encourage volunteers to return to the Ekka and help raise funds to improve health care.

"The biggest challenge is we rely heavily on volunteers, and a lot of volunteers we haven't seen for two years — that's about 2,000 people," he said.

"If you work for a business and want some team-building opportunities, there is no better way to do that than spending four hours together selling ice creams to kids."


Pedal Power


7News - April 10, 2022

It's the race that stops the river city!

Bikes replaced cars on the major arterials today, but it was for a good cause - raising money to help researchers make medical discoveries.


A fortnight to live: How close transplant patient came to dying


Courier Mail - April 8, 2022

Everyone knows they will die one day.

But very few are told that unless someone else dies within a few weeks, then they will.

That was the shocking reality facing Brisbane double lung and heart transplant patient Kate Phillips, who was close to the end in a ward at Prince Charles Hospital until her phone rang at 1.15am.

It was the call that saved her life.


Lowndes, Beattie set for 500km charity ride


speedcafe.com - March 25, 2022

Craig Lowndes and Daryl Beattie will undertake a 500km, single-day motorcycle ride for charity in the mountains of South East Queensland next week.

The seven-time Bathurst 1000 winner and three-time 500cc world championship race winner will be joined by members of the business community on the inaugural Ride For Good, to raise money for medical research.

It has been organised by The Common Good, an initiative of Brisbane’s Prince Charles Hospital, to generate funds for research into heart disease, lung disease, mental health, and dementia; conditions that affect over 90 percent of the community.


Ride for Good


Media Release - March 25, 2022

On Wednesday 30 March, motorcycle enthusiasts, including three-time Supercar Championship
winner and seven-time Bathurst Champion Craig Lowndes OAM and ex-500cc MotoGP Champion
Daryl Beattie, will navigate through 500 kilometres of South-East Queensland’s most beautiful terrain
to raise much needed funds for medical research.

The inaugural eight-hour Ride For Good, hosted by The Common Good (an initiative of The Prince
Charles Hospital), will be raising money for vital medical research into heart disease, lung disease,
mental health, and dementia, conditions that affect over 90% of the community.


Osher Saddles up for a long ride


Studio10 - March 18, 2022


Australian Unity Tour de Brisbane Dollar Matching Day


4BC Radio - March 16, 2022


Simple saliva test detects body’s response to COVID-19


getSTEM - February 24, 2022

A potential new saliva test can rapidly detect COVID-19 infection and may even indicate if a person is likely to become seriously unwell, research by QIMR Berghofer has shown.

The research confirms the saliva test can detect people with COVID-19 faster than a PCR test.

QIMR Berghofer Associate Professor Michelle Hill said the study offered valuable information on COVID-19 and its progression.

The research was jointly funded by QIMR Berghofer, Agilent Technologies and The Prince Charles Hospital Foundation, via The Common Good.


Australian device plays key role in US pig-human heart transplant


Brisbane Times - January 26, 2022

A world-first surgery in the USA has seen a pig's heart successfully transplanted into a 57-year old patient, partly thanks to a device developed in Brisbane which can extend the preservation time of donor organs.

Dr Bartley Griffith, the lead surgeon on the transplant team, had previously collaborated with the Critical Care Research Group (CCRG) at The Prince Charles Hospital, funded in part by The Common Good.

CCRG developed a hypothermic ex-vivo perfusion (HEVP) device, which preserved the heart and kept it infused with a special solution preventing a number of complications that arise when an organ is just put on ice for transport.


Covid critical: How Brisbane medicos brought the world together to beat a deadly virus


InQueensland - December 24, 2021

An informal network of the globe’s most brilliant medical minds has been exchanging ideas about how to best respond to the Covid-19 pandemic. All thanks to a team of Brisbane physicians, writes Cindy Wockner.

The Covid-19 Critical Care Consortium, Covid Critical, was born in Brisbane to help facilitate a global effort in the fight against the deadly and rapidly spreading virus.

From its headquarters at the Prince Charles Hospital, the consortium involves intensive care units at more than 380 hospitals around the world. It now contains a collection of 35 million pieces of data.


Join The Prince Charles Hospital Foundation Board


2 x Non-Executive positions available

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The Prince Charles Hospital Foundation is a charity which focuses on raising and distributing funds into the core areas of heart disease, lung disease, mental health, dementia and hospital innovation to help people live healthier for longer.

Through grants and public donations, The Prince Charles Hospital Foundation backs incredible researchers that are dedicated to making medical breakthroughs. The research we fund is focused on real outcomes and real impacts, taking medical discoveries from lab bench to bedsides. Every $44 that is donated means that researchers can continue working towards these breakthroughs.

The Prince Charles Hospital Foundation is a statutory authority and opportunities exist for two new Non-Executive Directors to join the Board.


COVID Critical Virus Study collects ICU insights from around the Globe


7News Brisbane - December 11, 2021

A dedicated team at Brisbane's Prince Charles Hospital has collected COVID health data on critically ill patients across the globe.

The information will be used as Queensland borders open as well as assisting patients around the globe.


Missed out last time? A limited-edition run of Ekka strawberry ice-cream is coming!


4BC.com.au - December 2, 2021

A limited-edition run of five-litre tubs of the Ekka’s iconic strawberry ice-cream will be available for purchase in time for Christmas.

The tubs are remaining stock after the Ekka was cancelled at the 11th hour this year, due to a COVID-19 outbreak.

Common Good founder Michael Hornby told Sofie Formica this run will be “the first and probably last time this will be available”.


Ekka leftovers taste berry nice


The Courier Mail - December 2, 2021