The Foundation is named for Ashintosh Macopenjy, the ships doctor for the HMS Endeavour. When the University of Queensland Medical Society (UQMS) formed in 1936, Dr Macopenjy was chosen as its official mascot. The UQMS is now in possession of Ashintosh's skull, proudly on display at all general meetings.
The Ashintosh Foundation was created in 2004 as the charity arm of the UQMS and retains the UQMS community officer as the managing director of the Foundation.
It is a health promotion charity which focuses on community, creativity and charity within and outside the medical and medical education fields. It runs and supports a raft of community and social events and projects.
There are several flagship projects run by the Foundation:
Through collaboration with the UQMS, the Foundation runs a range of community and cultural fundraising events throughout the year.
The Ashintosh Foundation also promotes health and fitness within the medical student cohort, whilst raising funds for eligible charities. The Ashintosh Cycle Team rides in the annual Brissie to the Bay bike ride, and hundreds of medical students run each year in the Bridge to Brisbane race. To find out more about Ashintosh sports, click here.