Kind-hearted support from the Mamma Lena & Dino Gustin Foundation

The Mamma Lena & Dino Gustin Foundation has generously awarded a grant to the Australian Genetic Heart Disease Registry to support our efforts in understanding genetic heart diseases.

Throughout their lives, Mamma Lena and her husband Dino Gustin generously contributed to the Australian community to make a difference to people’s lives. From when they first arrived from Italy in 1956, Mamma Lena and Dino Gustin provided support and a helping hand to Italians migrating to Australia and helped thousands of families. Now Mamma Lena and Dino’s legacy lives on through the generous support and tireless efforts of the Foundation, which echoes Mamma Lena’s philosophy that “life passes but good deeds remain”.

Mamma Lena & Dino Gustin Foundation’s Secretary, Rosalba Gustin said: “it is important that my parent’s legacy be not forgotten and the best way to do this is to give grants for projects that will help others help even more people.  It’s a circle of giving based on random acts of kindness”.

Professor Chris Semsarian, Registry Advisory Committee Chair, added: “We are truly honoured to receive this generous funding from the Mama Lena & Dino Gustin Foundation in support of the Australian Genetic Heart Disease Registry.

“Just as Mamma Lena and Dino remarkably committed themselves to helping others, we are committed to a better understanding of genetic heart diseases in Australia, raising awareness about these potentially deadly conditions and improving diagnosis, care and support of patients and their families. We hope these efforts will help us save lives from sudden cardiac death, which claims nearly 400 young Australian lives each year.”

The Mamma Lena & Dino Gustin Foundation 2012 Awards and Grants will provide grants to community organisations and individuals in need along with “Heart of Mamma Lena” medals to recognise people who selflessly help others just as Mamma Lena did during her life.


About the Mamma Lena & Dino Gustin Foundation

The Mamma Lena & Dino Gustin Foundation was established in 2001 by Dino & Rosalba Gustin with the purpose of performing random acts of kindness and to provide assistance to people in need. These acts typify the selfless contributions made by the remarkable efforts of Mamma Lena and Dino Gustin from the time they arrived in Australia in 1956 until their deaths in 2003 and 2004 respectively.

After establishing the Mamma Lena & Dino Gustin Foundation, Dino Gustin later made a sizeable bequest that has enabled the Foundation to provide a number of grants. In 2008, the funds from the sale of the Mamma Lena Child Care Centre were used to provide further funds to support the Foundation’s work.


For more information

For more information about the Mamma Lena & Dino Gustin Foundation visit their website or email