Robbie Awad (pictured in Sydney last week) has never registered a charity in his wife’s name.
A groom who has been charged in the death of his young bride following a golf cart accident during their honeymoon on Hamilton Island has never registered a charity he promised to launch in her name.
Robbie Awad, 30, married Marina Hanna, 29, in a vibrant ceremony at a church in Sydney on June 11, three days before they set out on a luxurious trip to the tropical resort island of Queensland.
But their new lives together were tragically cut short on June 19 when the electric cart they were traveling in allegedly overturned, throwing Ms. Hanna out of the vehicle and onto the road.
She went into cardiac arrest and died at the scene. Mr. Awad was charged on November 11 with driving without due care and attention causing death, seat belt violations and use of a mobile phone.
Sources have revealed that Awad, also known as Morgan, plans to plead not guilty to the crimes.
After her death, her widower vowed to launch the Marina Morgan Foundation, a charity designed to “spread love, patience and kindness” to the world.
However, Daily Mail Australia can reveal that the charity was not formally registered and never moved beyond dedicated social media pages.
Robbie Awad and Marina Hanna (pictured at their engagement party) were married on June 19, but their lives together were cut short.
Robbie Awad pledged to launch the Marina Morgan Foundation, but never registered
In addition, Awad is understood to have known that he could be charged in the death of his wife since the end of July, four months ago.
Awad declined to comment when contacted by Daily Mail Australia.
However, her close friend and co-founder of the foundation, Sara Perry, said they had every intention of launching the charity after Ms Hanna’s death.
“We still have intentions to do it, but just because of the situation and what happened, it’s not something we can do right now,” he explained, referring to the criminal charges.
‘It’s quite frustrating and sad. But everything was put on hold due to the processes that need to happen.
Awad announced his intention to launch the Marina Morgan Foundation at the end of June, two weeks after his wife’s death.
Marina Hanna and Robbie Awad appear together during their honeymoon on Hamilton Island, just days before her death in a suspected buggy accident.
Marina and Robbie Morgan appear in a convertible car on their wedding day in Sydney.
“The foundation will hold two major events every year, every year going forward,” he said at the time.
“The first will be a charity ball, the second will be a family fun day, as Marina has always held family close to her heart.”
Family Fun Days will feature rides, slides and food trucks, and the nominated charity will change for each event.
Awad said there will be only one event this year, the inaugural ball in November, with funds raised going to the Ronald McDonald House.
The children’s nonprofit was chosen because it was the last place Morgan did charity work before he died.
Awad said the foundation’s “main message” is to “spread love and hope to people who need it.”
Marina Hanna’s relatives welcomed Robbie Awad into their family (left). Less than a week before he was charged, Ms. Hanna’s relative wrote on Instagram: “Don’t worry honey, your will be done” with an angry emoji.
Daily Mail Australia revealed on Sunday that Ms Hanna’s family dramatically betrayed the boyfriend before charges were brought in early November, just months after he was “welcomed into the family”.
On November 5, which would have been Mrs. Hanna’s 30th birthday, a relative uploaded a photo of her grave, which was decorated with flowers and balloons.
At the top of the photo, the family member wrote: ‘No don’t worry my dear, your will be done’, along with an angry emoji that swears.
I have you, as I always have.
Awad was charged less than a week later.
His matter will be mentioned in the Court of First Instance of Proserpina on December 5.
SCHEDULE: THE ROMANCE OF ROBBIE AWAD AND MARINA HANNA
June 2019: Robbie Awad asked Marina Hanna to be his wife at a lavish Sydney dinner party in June 2019, surrounded by candles and rose petals, with a large sign reading: ‘Marina, will you marry me?
She said yes and wrote a post about it on Facebook.
July 2021: They were supposed to get married on July 24, but lockdowns and venue capacity limits during the pandemic got in the way.
They postponed the celebration to June of the following year, also pushing back the date of their honeymoon on Hamilton Island. Unbeknownst to them, the change of plans was a life or death decision.
June 11, 2022: The couple were married at St Mary & St Merkorious Coptic Orthodox Church in Rhodes, in north-west Sydney, followed by a reception at Doltone House, in Hyde Park in the CBD.
Robbie Morgan proposed to Marina Hanna at a Sydney venue with rose petals and candles (pictured)
Ms Hanna’s brother shared a series of happy snaps from the big day, including a photo of him with Mr Awad: “Welcome to the family bro,” he wrote.
June 13th: They flew to Hamilton Island to spend a few weeks relaxing and drinking cocktails in luxury.
In a tragic video posted to Instagram before his death, Awad could be seen driving the buggy towards the couple’s luxurious seaside resort, while his wife filmed the scenery from the passenger seat.
“Good morning, okay,” the caption reads, before the camera pans across the vacation island’s stunning layered pools that line the rooms, overlooking the beach.
June 20th: Mr. Awad was allegedly driving the electric golf cart Whitsun Boulevard with Mrs. Hanna in the passenger seat, when they started to run out of power.
Initial reports claimed that they attempted to make a U-turn to return and load the buggy, but the vehicle overturned. Ms. Hanna allegedly fell out of the vehicle and onto the road.
Marina and Robbie Morgan were married on June 11 at St Mary & St Merkorious Coptic Orthodox Church in Sydney, surrounded by their loved ones.
Bystanders, including an off-duty firefighter, a dentist and a doctor, tried to save her life for 35 minutes, but the young woman was in cardiac arrest.
A helicopter was originally called from nearby Townsville to take her to hospital, but was detained. She died on the scene.
June 27th: Awad told Daily Mail Australia that he would be launching the Marina Morgan Foundation to honor her life.
July 2nd: Friends and family attended her funeral, in the same church where she was married just weeks before. Awad and her family seemed united in her grief.
November 11th: Awad was charged with the death of his wife.
November 17: A source close to Awad told Daily Mail Australia that he will plead not guilty.