Cindy Chung, Exercise Physiologist at Redbank
For more than 40 years, Westmead Hospital’s Redbank House has been at the forefront of specialist treatment for children and teenagers experiencing severe, complex and treatment resistant mental health issues.
Managing strong emotions or anger is just one of the techniques children learn to help them regain control, prevent self-harm or to stop them from hurting others.
The ongoing generosity of donors such as Sargents Pies Charitable Foundation has been crucial for Redbank, which has received support in the form of exercise and music equipment, and more recently with the introduction of the Exercise Physiologist who helps children to develop their ability to manage stress and anxiety.
Research shows that exercise has many short and long-term benefits, not only for the children’s physical health but also their mental health.
“Our exercise program stimulates endorphins and serotonin that improve the mood, as well as the parts of the brain responsible for memory and learning,” Cindy said.
Regular exercise can reduce symptoms of mental health conditions such as depression and anxiety, assist with recovery from mental health issues and boost the immune system.
Cindy has experience in the assessment, design, and delivery of exercise and behaviour change interventions. Her individually designed exercise programmes make a valuable contribution to each child’s recovery.
If you want to support the work of Redbank or any other area of Westmead Hospital, please contact please contact us on 1800 639 037.
From NICU Fundraiser Amazing Race at Rev X – Events page
Inspired by Head Coach Rob’s son, Anthony Kastoun AKA ‘’Little Lion’’’, who was born on 15 January 2016, 14 weeks earlier than his expected due date, and weighing just over 900g.
The reality is that Anthony is just one in ten premature births. Many spending their first few months of life in a 4×4 incubator attached to more wires than one will ever see in their life.
So it is our pledge to ‘give’ to the tiniest fighters our world has by raising funds to help purchase life-saving equipment. Our first goal, is to raise enough money to donate a full humidity crib.
Last year we raised: $13738.55
Our goal this year is to reach: $25,000
You can contribute in any of the following ways:
– Participate in the Games Day, entry is by donation, teams of 3 (RXD and Scaled)
– Plus more fun and games to be revealed…
Or simply go to the fundraising page to make a donation:
For more information about supporting Westmead Medical Research Foundation (WMRF) and hosting a fundraising event, please contact Marlene Nasr, Community Relations & Events Manager on 1800 639 037
The Challenge is an opportunity for businesses to support organisations making a difference to the lives of children and families in Western Sydney.
Businesses will come together on Friday, 21 September 2018 to run, ride or walk in beautiful Parramatta Park.
This is your company’s opportunity to get fit, have fun and give back – all in one morning.
Find out more about the sponsorship packages available: (pdf sponsorship proposal)
Or contact us on 1800 639 037
WSLHD’s former Director of Supportive and Palliative Medicine, Dr Phillip Lee will compete in the 2018 Clare Classic this weekend to fundraise for the Westmead Medical Research Foundation (WMRF).
Dr Lee will be heading south to take part in the event on Sunday 8 April and ride through the picturesque Clare Valley, near Adelaide.
Dr Lee has already raised his target of $700 but is hoping for more donations to go towards the work of WMRF.
As someone who has seen first-hand how generous donors make a difference through their fundraising efforts, Dr Lee knows that small things in hospital wards like a new couch, a new paint job or nice curtains can make patients feel more comfortable.
“They improve the environment for families experiencing difficult time,” Dr Lee said.
“It is not just about looking after the patients, it’s about caring for the families to help them through their not so easy journey.
“Donor generosity leads to better patient care because the staff are just overwhelmed by that support and it gives them really good feedback about the job they’re doing.
“In the long run patient care actually improves from the high levels that it’s at already.”
WMRF head of development Joe Conneely is grateful to have fundraisers committed to the Foundation’s mission of supporting the delivery of medical research and patient care.
“Without the incredible generosity of fundraisers like Dr Lee, we would be unable to achieve these extra support measures in our wards for the patients,” Mr Conneely said.
To support Dr Lee on his Clare Classic ride, go to https://clareclassic.gofundraise.com.au/page/PhilipLee1 or for more information about supporting WMRF via hosting a fundraising event or joining a challenge, please contact Marlene Nasr, Community Relations & Events Manager on 1800 639 037 or email.
WMRF spreads the word about its work to Western Sydney businesses
More than 120 business partners and guests attended “Business After Five”, a networking event organised by Parramatta Chamber of Commerce and hosted by Westmead Medical Research Foundation (WMRF) at Bertonia Lounge in Parramatta.
Westmead Medical Research Foundation Head of Development Joe Conneely praised the Chamber for the opportunity to host the event on Tuesday and thanked everyone for their attendance.
“Westmead Hospital has more than 330,000 people who are admitted annually and has just under 1.5 million people as outpatients, so it’s easy to say that Westmead has an impact on everybody’s life here in Western Sydney,” Mr Conneely said.
“The kind support of our ongoing corporate donors allows us to assist the amazing staff with their medical research, patient care and the outpatient services for the community since 1990.”
Guests included Parramatta MP Geoff Lee, past and present board members of the Chamber and representatives from a diverse range of Western Sydney businesses.
To find out how you can support medical research and patient care, call 1800 639 037 or email us email@example.com
Westmead Medical Research Foundation will host the Parramatta Chamber Business After Five event on Tuesday, 3 April 2018. Please join us for this networking opportunity to learn more about what we do and how you can get involved.
Also, a big THANK YOU to our venue supporter, Bertonia Lounge!
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The event took place at the Gipps Road Sporting Complex, Greystanes and despite the temperature on the day reaching over 35 degrees, it was a fun event with plenty of participants wearing green as the event coincided with St Patrick’s day.
Steve Clark, who has been a supporter of Westmead Medical Research Foundation (WMRF) since 2013 after his wife Jess passed away, was pleased to see family, friends and other participants supporting a great cause.
“Not all of us have the skills, bravery and tenacity required to be doctors, nurses and scientists. Fundraising gives us all a chance to support these valuable members of our community by giving them the resources they need to better help others,” Steve said.
Steve’s mum Lynette, has played a crucial role helping with the planning of the ongoing event and this year she made two ‘in kind’ gifts for Westmead Hospital. Lynette crocheted 11 hats for the premature babies taken care of at the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Westmead and she handed them to NICU’s nurse unit manager John Whittaker at the recent event. She also donated a handmade quilt to The Crown Princess Mary Cancer Centre.
Among the participants this year, there was a group of pram pushers running and a young lady who walked the 2km on crutches – a real effort.
If you would like to donate towards C5c Oncology ward at Westmead, please visit Run4Jess fundraising page or call us on our toll free number 1800 639 037.
For more information about supporting Westmead Medical Research Foundation via hosting a fundraising event, please contact Marlene Nasr, Community Relations & Events Manager on 1800 639 037 or email us.
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For more information about supporting Westmead Medical Research Foundation via hosting a fundraising event, please contact Marlene Nasr, Community Relations & Events Manager
on 1800 639 037 or email us to find out how you can support