Thelma Mäkikyrö foundation gives large donation for medical research

The Thelma Mäkikyrö foundation has made a significant donation of 100,000 Euros to the University of Oulu. The donation will be allocated with a deed of donation to the medical field of study in the University of Oulu, in accordance with the purpose of the foundation.

The donation ceremony was held during the meeting of the executive board of the Faculty of Medicine in the University of Oulu on Tuesday 21 March 2017. The ceremony was attended by representatives of the Thelma Mäkikyrö foundation, Professor Emeritus and president of the foundation’s board Matti Sorri, and lawyer, attorney of the foundation Jorma Heino. The donation was received by Vice Rector for Research in the University of Oulu, Taina Pihlajaniemi, and Dean of the Faculty of Medicine, Kyösti Oikarinen.

The purpose of the Thelma Mäkikyrö foundation is to support and promote medical research on cancers. Foundation board chairman Matti Sorri hopes that the donation will strengthen medical education and research, which are so important for Northern Finland: “We want to strengthen the operations of researchers and emerging research groups in the University of Oulu, and increase the position and recognition of the research conducted in Oulu.”

Thelma Mäkikyrö (1920–2008) lived in Oulu, where she worked as a well-liked and respected dentist, who made her mark especially as a pioneer of orthodontics. With her careful management of finances, she managed to amass a significant fortune, and as she had no children, she decided to donate her entire fortune to the foundation she set up in her name. The idea for the purpose of its operation she got from the trials and experiences of herself and her husband.

The Thelma Mäkikyrö foundation was founded in 2006. It has awarded grants from 2010. The total sum of the grants awarded to the University of Oulu is 138,000 Euros. The foundation also donated 100,000 Euros to the University in 2010 during the state-supported fundraising campaign. As a result of the Finnish government’s matched funding, the total value of the donations by the foundation to the University of Oulu is 800,000 Euros. In addition, with a donation from the foundation, the University of Helsinki has established a fund, named after Mäkikyrö, to support small animal research.

The Finnish government has promised to pay matched funding for private donations to universities made by 30 June 2017, which increases their value. With the Thelma Mäkikyrö foundation donation, the total result of the fundraising campaign of the University of Oulu goes up to 7.3 million Euros.

The donation assets make up a significant strategic funding to strengthen and renew research and development activities in the University of Oulu, and they strengthen the growth prospects in the University’s area of influence.

Picture: The donation was handed over by the chairman of the board of Thelma Mäkikyrö foundation, Matti Sorri (left), and foundation attorney Jorma Heino. The donation was received by Vice Rector for Research, Taina Pihlajaniemi, and Dean of the Faculty of Medicine, Kyösti Oikarinen. Picture: Seija Leskelä / Kulmakuvaamo

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Last updated: 24.3.2017