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Wearing green for a worthy cause

March 23rd, 2018

Recently, nearly 200 participants of all ages joined the 6th ‘Run 4 Jess’ and raised more than $1,300 for Westmead Hospital’s oncology ward.


2018 Run 4 Jess participants

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.



Lynette Clark – NICU’s NUM, John Whittaker


Pram runners

Crutches were not an obstacle for this participant!

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.

       WMRF Heart

Related links:

 March Newsletter: Thank you fundraisers

This St Patrick’s Day, Run 4 Jess

WMRF says thank you to our fundraisers

Events 2018

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Welcome to our March 2018 edition Newsletter

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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 WMRF Heart
   

Related links: 

Run 4 Jess and support our oncology ward

This St Patrick’s Day, Run 4 Jess

The faces behind our incredibly generous fundraisers – The Doig Family

WMRF says thank you to our fundraisers

Welcome to the March 2018 edition of our newsletter

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This St Patrick's Day, Run 4 Jess

March 8th, 2018

For six consecutive years Steve Clark with the assistance of his mother Lynette Clark, have generously dedicated their time in organising a fun run in memory of Steve’s wife, Jess Clark, who passed away in early 2013. The aim of the ‘Run 4 Jess’ initiative is to raise funds for Westmead Medical Research Foundation (WMRF) in support of Westmead Hospital C5c Oncology ward.

Holding the annual “Run 4 Jess” is such a generous way to give back to Westmead Hospital and when we asked Steve and Lynette why they decided to hold the event, they said that after Jess passed away, they encouraged family and friends to make a donation to the C5c ward rather than send flowers. Then, Girraween Athletics Club kindly offered to hold a fun run to help raise even more funds for this valuable cause.

I thought this was a great idea because it served as a way to bring together a large group of people who loved and valued Jess, as well as to raise money for something that was such a big part of the last part of her life. Since then it has served a dual purpose of being both a ‘competitive’ fun run and a chance for friends and family of Jess to come together and honour her memory through raising money,” Steve said.

Steve is grateful for the support of doctors and nurses who dedicate a huge portion of their life helping patients and families when they need it most.

The C5c unit is made of some of the most incredible humans you could meet. When Jess was staying at Westmead, the C5c unit was like family. They were truly invested in her journey, not simply passive observers. The C5c unit celebrated her successes with her and mourned with us when we lost her. It meant the world to me that I could drop her off at the hospital and know that she was with her ‘second family’.”

   

For Steve and Lynette, raising money for WMRF is the opportunity to help despite “feeling helpless”. “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.

Participants of all ages are invited to take part in the 6th Run 4 Jess which will take place on Saturday 17th March, at the Gipps Road Sporting Complex, Greystanes from 2pm. Don’t forget to wear green – as this was Jess’ favourite colour and in theme with St Patrick’s day!

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 to find out how you can support.
    WMRF Heart

Related links:

Welcome to the March 2018 edition of our newsletter

Run 4 Jess and support our oncology ward

WMRF says thank you to our fundraisers

 

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World Compliment Day | March 1

February 28th, 2018

 

When was the last time someone gave you a compliment? WMRF Heart
Do you recall the way it made your day and made you feel appreciated? WMRF Heart

World Compliment Day is a time to share that feeling of wellbeing with those around you.
There is nothing better than knowing how you make a difference in other people’s lives and that what you do matter, (Days of the Year)

To help you celebrate today, please feel FREE to download and print the Take One flyer below (click on image) to use at home or at the office,
wherever you choose to spread the positivity.

How to Celebrate World Compliment Day

The best way to give a compliment is to be sure that what you are saying is sincere and heartfelt. It doesn’t need to earth shattering, you can just let someone know that they have done a good job at work, or you like their outfit. But if you can offer a deeper compliment and tell them what an impact they have made in your life.

To donate to help us support the delivery of medical research & patient care please donate here WMRF Heart

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SMART EATING WEEK | 12-18 February 2018

February 12th, 2018

It is Australia’s first SMART EATING WEEK this week so how are you going to participate? As it is the start of the New Year, it is a great time to review what you are doing and set new plans. Diet and exercise are the keys to longevity.

 

So in celebration of SMART EATING week here are some suggestions:

  1. Review the food you eat.
    Please use one of these links to assess your diet – either the CSIRO diet score or the Healthy Nutrition Quiz from the University of Newcastle or do both!
  2. Compare your score and then the dietary advice that is sent to you via the websites in response to you submitting your answers to the questionnaires.
  3. Plan to do 1 change every two weeks.
  4. Worryingly, the Fruit, Vegetables and Diet Score Report released by the CSIRIO, found one in two (51 per cent) adults are not eating the recommended intake of fruit, while two out of three adults (66 per cent) are not eating enough vegetables. So I expect one of the changes you may need to make will be to increase your fruit and vegetable intake. In this exercise I suggest you eat a rainbow- i.e. every day eat all the colours of the rainbow in fruit and vegetables(- see links and attachments) remember to eat at least 2 fruit and 5 vegetables a day!Eat-a-rainbow-fact-sheet

    Rainbow Colours of Fruit & Vegetables and their health benefits
     

    Go-for-2-fruit-and-5-veg

  5. Finally review some good cookbooks or links to websites to get some healthy delicious recipes, for example:Some of our Favourites (pdf)
    Livelighter Salad Builder (pdf)
    Recipes | The Heart Foundation
    Diabetes Australia
    CSIRO Total Wellbeing Diet
    Food As Medicine | Cooking for your best health
    More on Smart Eating Week at: Dietitians Association of Australia
  6. Finally – MOVE!
    Are you doing 30 minutes per day of activity?
    If not, find the time to do something – walk, swim, ride a bike , gym, tennis, yoga, pilates, tai chi, therabands, aqua-aerobics, etc.
    Enjoy the daylight savings’ afternoon sun!
  7. If you would like more advice on your particular food intake and how to improve your diet, make an appointment with your local Accredited Practicing Dietitian (APD) – look up the Dietitians Association of Australia Website and find your local APD.

 

“I hope this gives you some ideas to enjoy SMART EATING WEEK!”
Cheers,
Peter Talbot, APD, Dept Head, Dietetics and Nutrition, Westmead Hospital

 

For more information about supporting WMRF and hosting a fundraising event, please contact us on 1800 639 037 or via email

     WMRF Heart

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The faces behind our incredibly generous fundraisers – The Doig Family

December 13th, 2017

 

“Funding from donors towards small things for the Palliative Care Unit is crucial;
like a new couch, a new paint job, nice curtains, things to improve the environment for families at such a really difficult time.
And so, it is not just about looking after the patients, it’s also about caring for the families to help them through this difficult journey.
It was just immeasurable the impact of what the Doig family, for example,
did for the staff. It actually leads to better patient care because the staff are just overwhelmed by that generosity and
gives them really good feedback about the job they’re doing, so in the long run patient care actually improves from the high levels that it’s at already,”
said Dr Philip Lee

 

Joe Conneely, Head of Development at WMRF, said that the fundraisers who attended the event are truly committed to the Foundation’s mission of supporting the delivery of medical research & patient care.

 

 

“Without the incredible generosity of fundraisers like the Doig family, we would be unable to achieve our results translated into support for a diverse range of Westmead Hospital areas and wards” he said.

 

WMRF Heart Thank you to the Doig family for all your support  WMRF Heart

 

For more information about supporting WMRF and hosting a fundraising event, please contact Marlene Nasr, Community Relations & Events Manager on 1800 639 037 or via email

     WMRF Heart

 

Related links:

WMRF says thank you to our fundraisers


WMRF says thank you to our fundraisers

 

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WMRF says thank you to our fundraisers

December 12th, 2017

n Wednesday 6 December 2017, a group of enthusiastic and generous fundraisers who have been supporting the work of Westmead Medical Research Foundation (WMRF) over the years, got together at Acacia House for a recognition event. They were welcomed by the Foundation’s staff to enjoy a special occasion that was about thanking them and giving them the opportunity to meet fellow fundraisers and donors.

Stories and videos about the impact of donors’ generosity were shared during an evening that was filled with emotive memories of those different fundraising initiatives and donations that have made a big difference to the lives of patients, medical staff and researchers.

Attendees of the event also included Dr Philip Lee, former Director of Supportive and Palliative Care Medicine at Westmead & 2017 Parramatta Citizen of the Year; Dr Sally Greenaway, Director of Supportive and Palliative Care Medicine at Westmead; Donna Garland, Operations Director of Women’s & Newborn Health at Westmead; John Whittaker, Nurse Manager of the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Westmead and Noeline Rozanc, Nurse Unit Manager at the Radiation Oncology at The Crown Princess Mary Cancer Centre (CPMCC).

 
From left to right:
John Whittaker (Nurse Manager of the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Westmead); Dr Philip Lee, Noeline Rozanc (Nurse Unit Manager at the Radiation Oncology at CPMCC)

From left to right:
Lynette & Amelia for Run 4 Jess, Dr Sally Greenaway, Director of Supportive and Palliative Care Medicine at Westmead

From left to right:
WMRF Ambassador, Darren Kong; from the Lions Club of Holroyd, Peter & Bob; from the Merrylands Rugby Union Club Luke, (Noeline, CMPCC) & Laura


From left to right:
Shave For Silas, Kyrra & Larran; Haematology donation, Chris & Bella


Left to right: Annual Margi Doig Golf Day, Ben, Belinda (Ben’s wife) and Matt Doig


Ben & Matt Doig lost their mother Margie Doig who passed away at Westmead Hospital in Palliative Care & was cared for by Dr Lee, read more about Doig Family Annual Margi Golf Day

 

Joe Conneely, Head of Development at WMRF, said that the fundraisers who attended the event are truly committed to the Foundation’s mission of supporting the delivery of medical research & patient care.

“Without their incredible generosity, we would be unable to achieve our results translated into support for a diverse range of Westmead Hospital areas and wards such as NICU, Palliative Care, Women’s & Newborn Health, Neurosurgery, Haematology; along with funds for heart disease research carried on at The Westmead Institute,” he said.

WMRF The Dogao Family

On May 6, 2016, Noah was born at Norwest Private Hospital. Unfortunately he was not breathing when he came into the world and doctors worked for 3 hours to stabilise him.Noah was rushed to the Westmead Women's & Newborn Health Neonatal Intensive Care Unit Ward (NICU) at Westmead Hospital, where he spent the first 10 weeks his life before moving across to The Children's Hospital at Westmead.Noah was ultimately diagnosed with Myotonic Muscular Dystrophy. The Dogao Family took the opportunity following Noah's recovery and being home, to raise $13,666 to help refurbish the NICU Parents Room! The wonderful support allowed the room to be renovated. The clip shows Noah and his parents during the grand opening!Westmead Medical Research Foundation with Know My Health as Media Support Partners produced this short clip recently shown at a thank you event held by the Foundation.#CaptureEveryStory

Posted by Know My Health on Thursday, 7 December 2017

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 to find out how you can support, please go through our website.

    WMRF Heart


Related:

Dogao Family Video – Baby Noah

WMRF The Dogao Family

On May 6, 2016, Noah was born at Norwest Private Hospital. Unfortunately he was not breathing when he came into the world and doctors worked for 3 hours to stabilise him.Noah was rushed to the Westmead Women's & Newborn Health Neonatal Intensive Care Unit Ward (NICU) at Westmead Hospital, where he spent the first 10 weeks his life before moving across to The Children's Hospital at Westmead.Noah was ultimately diagnosed with Myotonic Muscular Dystrophy. The Dogao Family took the opportunity following Noah's recovery and being home, to raise $13,666 to help refurbish the NICU Parents Room! The wonderful support allowed the room to be renovated. The clip shows Noah and his parents during the grand opening!Westmead Medical Research Foundation with Know My Health as Media Support Partners produced this short clip recently shown at a thank you event held by the Foundation.#CaptureEveryStory

Posted by Know My Health on Thursday, 7 December 2017


DOIG FAMILY – Annual Margi Doig Golf Day

 

Ben and Matt lost their mother Margie Doig who passed away at Westmead Hospital in Palliative Care under the care of Dr Philip Lee. Watch their video below!

From 2007 – 2015 the family hosted a Golf Day fundraiser in memory of their mother on her birthday, June 10. They had a fantastic network of family and friends that supported their fundraising initiative and raised approximately $120,000 over the years which was directed to Palliative Care.


Run 4 Jess 
 


Steve Clark was married to Jess Clark who passed away in 2013 in C5C Oncology ward. Steve and his family wanted to honour Jess’ memory by creating an event that showcased what Jess loved doing – sports and exercise. They have held five consecutive ‘Run 4 Jess’ fundraisers and raised over $20,000 to go towards C5C Oncology.

Dr Lee attended the fundraiser in March 2017 and they have already booked their date for 2018.

Lynette Clark is Steve’s mother and is the one who organises the fundraiser and helps him. Lynette is a member of the running club and has links to the Girraween Athletics Club.


Shave for Silas – Kyrra Cross

 

Earlier this year, Kyrra and her family generously organised an online fundraiser “Shave 4 Silas.” Thorugh this initiative, and with the amazing support of Kyrra’s sister – Larran and Silas’ godfather, Mani, they raised over $11,000 and donated to WMRF to support the work of Dr Dexter and his Neurosurgery team at Westmead Hospital.

Shave For Silas


Merrylands Rugby Union Club

Wolves Win Game for Westmead’s Cancer Centre


Lions Club of Holroyd

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


Chris & Bella Sarne

Remembering a lovely wife & mum through a generous gesture


Darren Kong

Darren fundraised through the Miss Australia Chinese Pageant with funds raised going to Westmead Institute for Medical Research (WIMR) towards Dr Chong’s work. Darren is now one of our WMRF Ambassadors.

Thank you Miss Australia Chinese Pageant 2017

    WMRF Heart

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Easy ride for Westmead Hospital patient and visitors, courtesy of two new buggies

December 1st, 2017

Westmead Hospital has upgraded its two patient and visitor transport buggies, courtesy of a generous donation from Arab Bank Australia, the George Naim Khattar Foundation and Holdmark Property Group.

The new buggies, which were co-sponsored by the organisations and donated courtesy of Westmead Medical Research Foundation (WMRF), replace the hospital’s well-loved “green machines” that have helped transport patients and visitors across its vast corridors for nearly a decade.

Operated by a group of friendly volunteer drivers, the buggies are available five days a week from the hospital’s main entrance to community members in need of mobility assistance.

The first buggy – dubbed the “green machine” for its bright-green paint job – was introduced in 2007, with support from Arab Bank Australia. But after nearly 10 years of constant use, the buggy fleet was in need of an upgrade.

Westmead Hospital acting general manager Sue-Anne Redmond, said the new buggies would be greatly appreciated by all users.

“It is a task getting around a big hospital like Westmead, and when you are unwell, it can feel almost impossible – that’s why the complimentary buggy system is so important,” she said.

 

“I know the hard-working volunteers who drive these buggies will greatly appreciate the new vehicles; it is thanks to them that patients and visitors with mobility difficulties can easily access the various wards, clinics and services within the hospital.”

Westmead Medical Research Foundation Head of Development Joe Conneely acknowledged the generosity of the organisations behind the new buggies.

“The dedication of these three organisations to help our community is sincerely appreciated,” he said. “Their support means we can continue to provide patients and visitors with this free service, which is part of our ongoing commitment towards our patients’ health and wellbeing.”

The buggy service was a finalist in the 2012 NSW Health Awards.

For more information on how your business can support WMRF, contact Joe Conneely on 1800 639 037 or email.

    WMRF Heart

Related links:

Western News (ISSU), 6th Dec 2017 – Easy ride for Westmead Hospital patient and visitors

Parramatta Sun, 4th Dec 2017 –  Westmead Hospital unveils patient and visitor transport buggies 

Zoom zoom: Easy ride for Westmead Hospital patient and visitors

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Remembering our loved ones

November 30th, 2017

 

The Westmead Memorial Service (Palliative Care, Oncology, Haematology and Renal & Supportive Care) was held this morning at the John Loewenthal Auditorium – Westmead Hospital.

This is a service of remembrance and thanksgiving that is held twice a year for family members and friends who have passed away at Westmead Hospital.

Families, friends and staff have the opportunity to remember loved ones during a service that offers readings, time for reflection, a candle lighting ceremony and songs of remembrance.


Light a Candle” –  Adapted from the poem by Paul Alexander
Performed by Ray Wilcox, Clinical Nurse Specialist, Palliative Care.

Nati Roses has been supporting the Westmead Memorial Services since it began in 2011 through their in-kind donation of beautiful roses to Westmead Medical Research Foundation (WMRF). Each family member or friend gets to take a rose in memory of their loved one. Thank you to the team at Nati for their generous and on-going support.

For further information on how you can support, please contact Alison Whittaker – 1800 639 037

    WMRF Heart

Bereavement counselling is available for family members, carers and friends of patients known to
Supportive & Palliative Care and related services who have died.

For more information or to make an appointment call (02) 9881 1723.

For other resources and information about grief and loss see Australian Centre for Grief and Bereavement.

    WMRF Heart

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Thank you Lexus of Parramatta

November 14th, 2017 | 1 Comment

Thank you to Lexus Parramatta for once again supporting us with our fundraising initiatives and donating a very generous prize used at our most recent fundraising event, Charity Golf Day by Arab Bank Australia. One lucky winner received a 3 day Lexus drive experience with a $200 restaurant voucher – valued over $1600!

It is this kind of generosity that supports the work we do for medical research and patient care WMRF Heart


Winner of Lexus prize pack!

To see more about the #ABAcharitygolf see the links below and for more photos visit us on Instagram

To find out how to support the work of WMRF, contact 1800 639 037 or email us.

    WMRF Heart

Teeing off for Medical Research & Patient Care

#ABAcharitygolf November 9, 2017Twincreeks Golf ClubWestern Sydney Health #ArabBankAustralia Lexus Of Parramatta Vittoria Coffee 💙💚

Posted by Westmead Medical Research Foundation on Thursday, 9 November 2017

The Brunch, Diamonds & Pearls

 

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