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How many sausages does it take to make a wheelchair? The answer is - a heck of a lot!

July 20th, 2017

Westmead Hospital has asked for our help in replacing 100 general purpose wheelchairs, which are used daily throughout the Westmead Medical Precinct. 

The wheelchairs provide a valuable service to patients such as expectant mums, patients receiving debilitating treatments such as chemotherapy, and patients at Westmead’s Emergency Department.

We are working with a number of partners to meet that request, and first to start the ball rolling were the Lions Club of Holroyd with a very generous donation of $15,000.  WMRF’s Head of Development, Joe Conneely and Relationship Manager Alison Whittaker received a cheque from Club President Peter Lake at a Board Meeting and dinner on July 5th 2017.

Lions Australia is Australia’s largest service club with more than 1200 clubs in Australia and Papua New Guinea.  2017 is a very special year as they are celebrating the 100th anniversary since their founder, Melvin Jones formed the very first Lions club with a view to improving the community.  Lions are people who share a core belief: community is what we make it.  Their motto is “to serve”.

Pete told us that a lot of their fundraising comes from holding community barbeques.  And as Pete says, it takes a lot of sausages to be able to make such a generous donation.  The Lions members have lost count of how many bread rolls they have halved, how many onions they have sliced, and how many sausages the have barbequed over the past year.  They have a regular barbeque every Friday at Bunnings Villawood, so if you would like a taste of a superior sausage, pop down and say hello.  More information can be found at the Holroyd City Lions Club Inc or by email.

WMRF is still looking for donations from businesses, community groups and individuals to be able to meet that target of 100 wheelchairs.  If you would like to help, please contact Alison Whittaker on 9845 9019, or email  for more information.

Related links: “Snags aplenty in this push”, Seniors NSW

Posted In: Community, Donate, Donations, Events, Fairfax Regional, Fundraise, Health, Newborn, Newborn Care, NICU, Seniors NSW, Western Sydney, Westmead, Womens Health

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