The Fordham Foundation was officially launched on 10th December 2020 at a special fundraising event – An Evening for John Fordham – with the unveiling of John’s portrait at one of Sydney’s iconic restaurants, Machiavelli. The ‘toast and roast’ evening was hosted by John’s family – with ‘Fordo’ stories told by some of Australia’s sporting legends and leading media personalities.

John Fordham AM – journalist, agent and founder of The Fordham Company – passed away in November 2019, after a three-year battle with throat cancer.   John’s family identified the need to carry on his fundraising undertakings and his passion for philanthropic endeavours, so as a way of honouring him established Fordham Foundation (a not-for-profit registered charity).

Before he died and despite his own health battles, John established the Head and Neck Cancer Foundation (H&NCF), a fundraising organisation that aims to better the medical practices adopted by professionals treating patients with H&NC.  Together with Professor Thomas Havas and the H&NCF board of directors, John founded the fundraising charity to give back to the medical team who had been his dedicated careers throughout his cancer battle.

In acknowledgement of his personal and professional life, John was awarded the 2020 Order of Australia for significant service to the community through philanthropic support for a range of foundations and in recognition of his service to media, sports and entertainment management, to wine journalism and to the community.

The proceeds of Fordham Foundation will continue to provide financial assistance to H&NCF to:

  • promote, develop and financially assist the research and development being carried out by the medical team at the Otolaryngology Department at the Prince of Wales Hospital, Sydney
  • advance the promotion and education of head and neck cancer within the community, with fundraising events and media exposure to tackle the gap in awareness of the disease and to also support research, diagnosis and expert treatment
  • assist with the development of the School of Translational Medicine with the H&NCF and to raise funds for complex medical equipment.


  • An Evening For John Fordham - Invitation