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Foundation donation in honour of parents

Monday, 21st February, 2011

BIG CONTRIBUTION: John Lynch and his siblings have given a big donation to the BH Community Foundation in memory of their parents. BIG CONTRIBUTION: John Lynch and his siblings have given a big donation to the BH Community Foundation in memory of their parents.

The Lynch family has become the fourth 'Gold Friend' of the Broken Hill Community Foundation after giving a donation in memory of their parents, Mick and Eileen.

Mick Lynch worked for the Silverton Tramway Company for more than 40 years, served as president of St Vincent dePaul Society and was regionalpresident of the society in the city, Wilcannia and Wentworth.

Eileen Lynch was the youngest daughter of Paddy O'Neill, the founder and first President of the Barrier Industrial Council (BIC).

Mick died in 1976, and Eileen in 1995. Their son, John, known as much for his business success as for his sporting and public speaking achievements, spoke on behalf of the family and said they chose to donate to preserve the memory of his parents.

"Broken Hill has obviously been a city to provide fantastic opportunities for people on the go and achieve anything they wanted to," said Mr Lynch, who now lives in Henley Beach, Adelaide.

"As a family, we want those opportunities to be available for future generations." He said contributing to the Foundation's Capital Raising Campaign wasone way of helping achieve that. 

He did not want to say how much the family had given. "Our parents were passionate about Broken Hill. They were significant community contributors and taught us all that it was important to add value to the community in which you live."

Mr Lynch said the donation would ensure his parents' name's lived on and were remembered as part of an organisation built on linking people from all Australia who had an "equal passion for the place".

John is the CEO of the Central Operations for the Royal Flying Doctor Service in Adelaide and is married to ex-local Anita Heft.

Mick and Eileen's other children include mining identity Chris Lynch, who is now CEO of Transurban, a leading international road toll developer.

Pat Lynch has retired and lives in Hobart. BH Community Foundation Chairman, Vince Gauci, said the donation would be included on the organisations

Honour Roll along with other 'Gold Friends' John and Barbara Ralph, Vince and Leonie Gauci and Gary and Kay Radford.

'Friend' status on the honour roll starts at $3,000 or more and can be spread over several years.

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