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Rev X: Amazing Race

April 26th, 2018

 

Revolution X will be hosting the ‘Rev X: Amazing Race Game Day‘ on the 19th May 2018 to raise funds for the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), Westmead Hospital.


Victoria Kastoun with baby Anthony, aka ‘Little Lion

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.

Victoria Kastoun with baby son Anthony.

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:

http://fundraise.wmrf.org.au/champion/wmrf-champions/VICTORIAKASTOUN


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

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Related links:

Revolution X & The Little Lion Cafe Proudly Supporting The “Tiny But Mighty”

VIDEO: Victoria Kastoun and baby Anthony

Sargents donates $240K for vital hospital equipment

 

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Clare Classic 2018

April 6th, 2018

Dr Lee cycles for health in wine valley ride

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.


Dr Philip Lee

“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.

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Related links:

WMRF Heart Support Dr Lee on his Clare Classic ride: Donation page 

The faces behind our incredibly generous fundraisers – The Doig Family

Fantastic Results From Our Bowral Classic Charity Heroes!

Dr Lee set to pump the pedals for My Westmead

 

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Mother's Day Raffle 2018

April 4th, 2018

Don’t miss our Mother’s Day raffle!

Thank you to all our generous supporters for their in-kind donations for prizes WMRF Heart

  

  

  

 

If you would like to purchase raffle tickets and unable to attend the sale dates at Westmead Hospital, please call us on our toll free number at 1800 639 037 WMRF Heart

Don’t forget to follow us on social media     WMRF Heart

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Parramatta Chamber After Five: Tue 3 April 2018

March 23rd, 2018

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 LoungeWMRF Heart

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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

March 14th, 2018

Click here to view our March 2018 Newsletter

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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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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Wolves Win Game for Westmead’s Cancer Centre

October 27th, 2017

For over five years, Merrylands Rugby Union Club has been raising funds for Westmead Medical Research Foundation (WMRF), with donations totalling over $16,000 in support of Westmead’s Crown Princess Mary Cancer Centre (CPMCC).

The inspiration of the Club’s traditional and annual fundraising event “Mrs P’s Day” is Helen “Mrs P” Fraser, a woman who was truly dedicated to Merrylands Rugby Club, initially supporting her husband Steve Parker and then her son Michael who was playing when he was just 16!

Helen was given the task of managing scoresheets on the sideline and she later became Vice-President. Sadly, Helen passed away at a far too young age, but left a legacy of spirit and commitment that is so important for the Club.

This year, the Club wanted to remember Jade Taivairanga during the fundraising event. Jade was a former Wolves player who passed away after a short but ferocious battle with cancer.

The 2017 fundraising event “Mrs P’s Day for Jay” took place in August and was held at Holroyd Sports Ground.

Jade was one of the good guys, a fabulous rugby player that played with the club from 2009 to 2011. This year we wanted to honour him also and therefore we celebrated Mrs P’s Day for Jay,” said Laura Sturrock, Secretary of Merrylands Rugby Union Club.

 

The match on “Mrs P’s Day for Jay” kept the Wolves fans on the edge of their seats since after a disappointing first half, they came back from 26-5 to 26 all. Then pushed it out to a final and winning score of 40-26. Wolves have never lost a Mrs P’s Day match, and the 2017 game was not going to be the exception!

 

We are very thankful to Merrylands Rugby Union Club and to everyone who supported this fundraising initiative. The ongoing generosity of the Club through their fundraising activities since 2012 is an example of their commitment to help us to support the delivery of medical research & patient care,” said Marlene Nasr, Community Relations & Events Manager at WMRF.

 

For more information about supporting Westmead Medical Research Foundation via hosting a fundraising event, please contact Marlene Nasr, Community Relations & Events Manager via email or on 1800 639 037.

    WMRF Heart

Related links:

Mrs P’s fundraising event for CPMCC – WMRF News

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Rain, hail or shine, the Coleman Greig Challenge is a must go event!

October 24th, 2017

For the second consecutive year, Westmead Medical Research Foundation has been one of the beneficiaries of the Coleman Greig Challenge.

Despite the wet weather this year, once again the event was exceptionally organised and all the attendees (over 400) really had a great time.

Thank you to the entire team at Coleman Greig Lawyers for their hard work and dedication preparing such a successful event that raised over $170,000 for St Gabriel’s School, the Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children (RIDBC) and My Westmead.

Our appreciation is extended to all the sponsors, the organising committee, participants – individuals & teams – donors, ambassadors, volunteers and to anyone who in one way or another supported the Challenge!

Pictured: Finish line, our very own Jo Sabbouh (WMRF Senior Trust Fund Administrator) receiving her 2nd place medal in her 10km female run and of course the Ambassadors for this year’s Coleman Greig Challenge.

Funds raised this year for My Westmead will be allocated towards the purchase of much needed equipment for Westmead Hospital’s Women’s & Newborn Health unit.

Even the little ones care about the little ones! Little Chloe visited My Westmead’s ‘Living Library’, and asked our staff many questions and learnt how every year, Westmead’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) assists more than 1500 newborn babies requiring special care.

Once again, thank you for giving back to the community and supporting children with special needs and newborn care.

We hope you enjoyed your involvement with such a great event! WMRF Heart

   

Related links:

Photos by Estate of the Art – Coleman Greig Challenge

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CG Challenge, Corporate for Community 2017

It’s EOFY! Join CG Challenge 2017

Coleman Greig Challenge: Your training starts … NOW!

Generous donors visit NICU

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