Philip and June are still very much involved in charity work and derive satisfaction from doing ‘the Christian thing’.
Cancer Council of WA
Philip Crabb was Campaign Chairman of the Cancer Council of WA Fundraising Committee (1997-2000) assigned to raise funds for the construction of Crawford Lodge.
His leadership was exemplified as Campaign Chairman not only through the ability to encourage major donations from Businesses and individuals but also the example he set by personally donating substantially towards the foundation.
$5 million was raised by way of a capital appeal, which commenced in 1997. Crawford Lodge officially opened on the 29 February 2000, providing accommodation for cancer patients, and their families, who normally reside in the country but are admitted to Perth to receive cancer treatment. The QEII Medical Trust allocated a former car park on the hospital campus on which to build the Lodge at a peppercorn rent of $1 a year for 50 years. Regional fundraising committees were formed in the South West, the South East and the Goldfields. Patrons are Sir Donald Eckersley, Mrs Ruth Reid, Mr Harry Sheiner and Hon. Robert Wallace. Founders were the A H Crawford Cancer Treatment Society, Lotteries Commission (as it was then known), Phil and Rick Crabb and family, Wesfarmers Ltd and the Perron Charitable Trust.
Referee: Venna Manricks 08 9212 4375
Balya Cancer Self Help & Wellness
Philip Crabb was so encouraged by the positive impact Western Australia’s Crawford Lodge was providing for our cancer patients, that he accepted the role as the Campaign Chairman of the Fundraising Committee between 2000-2006 to raise funds for the development of the Balya Cancer Self Help and Wellness (Inc). His commitment to this wonderful charity has resulted in the funds raised to construct an outstanding Cancer Retreat Complex in Gidgegannup (40 minutes east of Perth) and he still continues today as financial supporter, Vice President and Treasurer.
Philip & June Crabb's commitment to fundraising for the Complex was inspirational by personally donating in excess of $1,200,000. Stage One of the Balya Cancer Retreat Complex officially opened on the 19 June 2004 providing Cancer retreats for up to 150 cancer patients and carers each year.
Balya is a non-profit organisation, which was established by Dr Ivy Bullen (deceased) in 1989, and which became incorporated in 1992. Balya works co-operatively with other health care agencies and cancer support organisations, but fills a unique niche.
It is the only organisation in WA providing this range of services, to people who have been diagnosed as having cancer, and to their families.
In particular, the retreats which Balya offers are unique in the sense that participants are offered an holistic approach to follow in the management of their cancer, by combining a medical approach with other complementary interventions, and implementing positive health management techniques in a controlled and supportive environment.
Referee: Dr Jason Han 08 9244 2909
Claremont Football Club
The Claremont Football Club competes in the West Australian Football League (WAFL). Philip Crabb is currently Vice Patron.
Philip Crabb first became involved with the Club as a player and member. In 1999 his involvement in the Club became official as he accepted the role as Club Patron. Within this role Philip Crabb has been extremely supportive both through personal donations and business advice.
Philip Crabb was heavily involved in the Kimberley Aboriginal Scholarship which was set up in 2004 providing a scholarship to 4 Kimberley Aboriginal boys to attend Christ Church Grammar School and receive football development training skills at the Claremont Football Club. Although the program only recently commenced, it has already been a huge success with several scholarship members drafted to the Australian Football League (AFL) over the years and other members in the Claremont League Training Squad.
Referee: Kevin Sones 08 9384 9200
South Bunbury Football Club
The South Bunbury Football Club competes in the South West Football League (SWFL). Philip Crabb played football for the Club, then later carrying out the roles of both Vice President and President. Philip Crabb is currently the South Bunbury Football Club number one ticket holder.
West Australian Mining Hall of Fame
Philip Crabb is a founding member and life member of the WA Mining Hall of Fame. Situated in the heartland of Western Australia’s exploration and mining centre, Kalgoorlie, The WA Mining Hall of Fame was established to provide a visible icon for the Prospectors and Miners of Australia. The building stands as recognition to the importance this industry has contributed and will continue contributing to the economic strength of our country.
Philip Crabb was awarded life membership due to his initial involvement in the fundraising campaign, significant personal donation towards the development of this facility and the contribution to the industry over many years. Since the WA Mining Hall of Fame has been operational Philip Crabb has made a generous donation of Gold and Diamond pieces towards the Mineral Gallery.
Referee: Norma Latchford 08 9026 2700