This March Newsletter highlights 2016 stand out events and this years goals and upcoming and exciting events. We hope that you enjoy reading our Newsletter and that you share with your family and friends and help raise awareness for much needed support and funding for various areas of Health Services provided here at Westmead Hospital and for the Western Sydney community.
The Unit has received new technology which will make a huge difference to the long term recovery of patients.
Last August, along with over 80,000 other runners and walkers, the team from Madison Marcus joined in City2Surf’s 14 km track from Hyde Park, through the Eastern suburbs and up Heartbreak Hill, ending the race at our beautiful Bondi Beach to raise funds for My Westmead. Sponsored by colleagues, family and friends, their fundraising efforts went towards providing some much needed equipment. The iPod and tablets funded are valuable tools in assisting clients with physical and cognitive limitations to be as independent as possible.
The team at Madison Marcus are keen to repeat the experience and they aim to show their support by joining in other fundraising events throughout the year. Thank you again, for literally going the extra mile to make a positive difference.
We are always grateful to those exceptional individuals who run or walk in events such as the City2Surf. For more details as to how to raise money for My Westmead, either through an organised event, or one of your own choosing, please take a look at our website and in regards to fundraising.
For the second consecutive year, My Westmead – the community fundraising arm of the Westmead Medical Research Foundation – is running the #bigHEARTED campaign, giving the community a chance to get involved and help put common diseases like cancer and diabetes to the history books – where they belong.
The campaign is simple – instead of exchanging roses, cards and chocolates for Valentine’s Day, My Westmead is inviting the community to make a donation to medical research and care at Westmead.
This year, the Western Sydney Wanderers have pledged their support for the campaign, along with organisations like Coleman Greig Lawyers, Arab Bank Australia, William Buck, Sparks and Partners and Kemp Strang Lawyers.
“I think the notion of encouraging people to swap Valentine’s Day gifts for a donation to the bigHEARTED month is great,” Wanderers’ striker Brendon Santalab said.
“All men and women should join this campaign – it’s a good cause and every cent counts.”
My Westmead partnerships manager Susie Saba said the organisation was excited to increase community awareness and support for medical research and healthcare at Westmead, particularly as it transforms into an innovative health hub.
“We know there are enough bigHEARTED businesses and individuals who will join us to do something really special this February,” she said.
“We thank our supporters for their generosity and encourage them to share and spread the word via email and social media channels. The idea is to generate a friendly rivalry or challenge environment.”
To donate, visit bigheartedmonth.org.
Nicola Barr joined the GIANTS as the number one draft pick in the inaugural AFL Women’s Draft. Barr comes from Sydney’s North Shore and first tasted AFL when a high school teacher put together a team of impressive athletes to take part in a school championship. Jess Bibby is a legend of Australian basketball, playing 378 WNBL games for Dandenong and the Canberra Capitals. Bibby has overcome some remarkable injuries and obstacles to have a decorated career in Australia and the US with the New York Liberty (WNBA).
Nicola, Jess and the GIANTS AFL Women’s inaugural season started Saturday 4 February at The Barton Oval, Adelaide with their first home game of the season falling on Saturday 18 February at Blacktown International Sportspark. Entry to all AFLW games are free!!
Our very own Ray Horne participated in the Sydney Morning Herald Cole Classic 2017, 1km swim from Shelly Beach to Manly Beach on Sunday 5th February.
Ray has raised $1,623.50 to date and still able to receive further donations until the end of February on his everydayhero fundraising page or you can donate to our #bigHEARTED Month Fundraising Page and you can leave Ray a note
We are so proud of you Ray and thank you for showing your #bigHEARTED-ness
Every day, highly specialised researchers and dedicated medical staff at Westmead work hard to find new ways to beat the diseases that affect our community and provide patients with the latest innovations in clinical care. This is an opportunity for you to get involved and help put common diseases like cancer and diabetes to the history books, where they belong!
This February 2017, we invite you to be part of the #bigHEARTED MONTH, instead of exchanging roses, cards and chocolates – make a donation that shows a truly bigHEARTED gesture and support medical research and care at Westmead.
Make your gift at mywestmead.org.au and then invite your clients, suppliers, business partners, relatives and friends to join the #bigHEARTED campaign by sharing the link on social media and via email.
We know there are enough bigHEARTED businesses and individuals out there who will join us to do something really special this February.
To kick things off the Parramatta Chamber of Commerce have kindly posted a teaser for this upcoming campaign. Let’s start the new year on a high note and dig deep for yourselves, your loved ones, family & friends, and all that is part of your #MyWestmead!
This year the Club has kindly donated $2,248 to the Crown Princess Mary Cancer Centre (CPMCC) to purchase equipment for use in the treatment and care of cancer patients. The Staff at the Westmead Medical Research Foundation would like to thank Merrylands Rugby Club for their continuing support and feel honoured to be a part of remembering Mrs P, THANK YOU!
“Helen “Mrs P” Fraser embodied the true definition of a Merrylands Rugby Club stalwart. From her first days at the club supporting her husband Steve Parker, through to her son Michael playing when he was just 16, Helen’s commitment has been unwavering. She could always be relied on to organise or assist in functions, and was definitely the biggest supporter at all games – taking on the arduous task of managing scoresheets on the sideline, and also becoming Vice-President.
Sadly taken from us at far too young an age, Helen has left behind a spirit that it is important for our club to carry into every game.”
- Club report 2012
The very generous members of the Cumberland Orchid Circle have been supporting Westmead Medical Research Foundation for over 20 years with an annual donation from their fundraising activities. On Wednesday 25th January, Alison Whittaker, our Relationship Manager went along to speak to the group about new developments at Westmead Hospital and the Westmead Institute for Medical Research, and to receive a cheque from the group.
The donation is as a result of raffles that the group hold, and will help with the purchase of new equipment, enhance outstanding medical care, as well as support research staff working within the Westmead Medical Precinct. Thanks to the continued support of the Cumberland Orchid Circle, their donation will continue to have a positive impact on over one million patients who receive treatment at Westmead Hospital each year
The group hold a number of Orchid shows each year, the next one being at Castle Hill showground 31st March and 1st April. For more information please contact the Cumberland Orchid Circle.
Great news! Ever wanted to give back but unsure how? We may have a simple solution for you through #WorkplaceGiving! We are registered with Good2Give for this worth while cause and it’s a win-win for business, employees and charities such as our Foundation!
Every cent counts when it comes to our Foundation raising funds and we mean every cent! Remember $2 and over is tax deductible and going towards health and research for our Western Sydney community, an investment towards your community health.
Please visit Good2Give for further information or contact us via email or call us on 1800 639 037.
Collaboratively put together by WSLHD (Western Sydney Local Health District) and WMRF (Westmead Medical Research Foundation) and with the enthusiastic participation by the the wonderful staff and the precious stars as well as their family from the NICU ward at Westmead Hospital this years’ Christmas greetings were created! For more pictures come visit our Facebook page or our Instagram account and don’t forget to follow us!!
Sarcomas are rare cancers that affect about 1% of the Australian population. Ewing’s Sarcoma affects mainly children and adolescents. Your gift today can help fund better treatments and ultimately its cure. In May 2015, Sam went to see the doctor due to a back pain that was causing him many sleepless nights and making it unbearable to sit in a chair at work. He never imagined what would come next. Through their past support of Westmead Medical Research Foundation, our donors have demonstrated that they belief in the value of people’s lives. Today, we want to thank all our donors for their generosity and invite you to support our work to help more patients like Sam. Sam, who was just 21 years old at the time of his diagnosis, will always remember the words of his doctor confirming that his pain was the result of a fairly big – 23 cm tumour on his left kidney. “This was a shock. All I could think of was how mum would take the news,” says Sam.
For the second consecutive year Arab Bank Australia has held a Charity Golf Day 2016 supporting My Westmead and raising funds for Heart Disease research and care.
Thank you to all the sponsors and supporters who made this day a success! A huge appreciation to Arab Bank Australia and host Joseph Rizk OAM for their continued commitment in assisting community initiatives that are directly impacting the lives of so many across Western Sydney and beyond by supporting advancements in medical research and treatment.
The raised fund from the Golf Day event was presented at My Westmead from Joe Rizk, the Managing Director and CEO of Arab Bank Australia, to Westmead Hospital Cardiologist and researcher Dr Eddy Kizana.
Much appreciation to the participants, sponsors and donations and Arab Bank Australia for such a fantastic, successful and fun-filled event!! Thank you to the following sponsors and donors making this years’ event a successful one!
Remember, if you, or your company/business would like to take part in such events or maybe even hold one of your own, please do not hesitate to contact us via email or calling us on 1800 639 037.
The 2016 CALD Perinatal Conference was held Friday 25th November 2016 at Westmead Hospital with over 300 attendees!
The conference aim was to “enhance healthcare providers understanding of cross cultural perspectives in motherhood, to improve the health and wellbeing of CALD women and their families when engaging perinatal services.”
My Westmead was there along with the Community Migrant Resource Centre, to help support the event organising the catering from Kongfucius Cafe for morning tea and lunch by the donation from Johnson & Johnson and PRP Diagnostic Imaging.
Alan Mendoza was a former patient of Crown Princess Mary Cancer Centre (CPMCC) Westmead and wanted to support them for the care and treatment that he received which led to Alan and the sales and distribution team at Saladmaster, managed by Victor Tsaccounis, generously donated a percentage of sales made during the month of October 2016.
This was a truly generous pledge which resulted in $5,000 being raised and donated towards Cancer Research at The Westmead Institute for Medical Research (WIMR).
It is through such events and generosity of our donors that we are able to provide further funding to researchers and medical teams which result in greater advances in medical research and the likelihood of finding better treatment options and hopefully one day discovering cures!
Held on Friday 21st October 2016 at Parramatta Park, the fun filled morning was put together brilliantly by Coleman Greig Lawyers hosting a challenge for businesses around the region to come together to participate in getting fit, having fun, and giving back – all in one morning! A fundraising goal was set for $150,000 for children with special needs and newborn care with support going to My Westmead, St. Gabriel’s School for students with Hearing Impairment and Other Special Needs, and Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children. Donations are still being accepted unit November 30 2016. We couldn’t have asked for a more perfect ambassador for My Westmead, Jana Pittman! Jana is a truly passionate person advocating for Women’s and children’s health and we are so grateful that she got on board for this challenge as our ambassador fitting us into her already busy schedule. The two times World Champion, and four times Commonwealth Champion in sport of athletics and a former Olympian, she is now a mother of two with a third on the way, studying Bachelor of Medicine & Surgery at Western Sydney University, and if that wasn’t enough, Jana also runs her own health, fitness and motivational speaking business!! What a woman!! Our proud ambassador stated, “I see this annual event as a great opportunity to give back to the community. Let’s walk, run or ride together to raise funds for these organisations that are making a difference to the lives of children and families in Western Sydney and beyond.” She not only represented on the day but also participated in the 2.5km walk while pushing her pram and being 6 months pregnant! Huge thanks to this wonderful and awesome woman! Others ambassadors included Michelle Jenneke and Katie Kelly both being Olympians and getting on board to support the cause and participating in the challenge themselves. Sponsors from various businesses across the Western Sydney region included Lexus Parramata, Terry Shields Toyota, Recruitment Edge, Arab Bank, Ayam, Nova Employment, City of Parramatta and many many more. You can find the whole list from Coleman Greig Challenge 2016 fundraising page. Our My Westmead team participated in varying events and were treated to a big and delicious breakfast to top it all off and many stating that they are looking forward to next years’ challenge! A huge thank you and congratulations to all that participated, volunteered, donated and generously made time to help organise and make it a successful community event!!
Our long standing and regular supporter, Michel’s Patisserie at Westmead, has once again proven to be champions in participating in our Coin Box campaign. Our proud local supporters have generously given towards this collection and I had the opportunity of thanking the shop Manager for his continued support on behalf of the foundation and of the My Westmead community.
It is through such participation that the foundation and most of all My Westmead are able to keep going with our cause of raising funds for research and patient care for Western Sydney.
We are truly blessed to have such long standing, generous, and positive local business that get behind us and support us however they can, there is never too little or too much to give.
If you are interested in participating in any of our fundraising events or would like to do your own event and would like to pitch in whether it be in a corporate or small business or as an individual or small group please contact us on 1800 639 037 or email us and we can help get you started!