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Mrs P's Day, 26 May 2018

May 25th, 2018


Photo of Mrs P, provided by Merrylands Rugby Union Club

Merrylands Rugby Union Club will be holding their Annual Cancer Fundraiser – Mrs P’s Day – on the 26th May 2018 at Holroyd Sports Ground from 1pm. There will be food, raffles, rugby and a gold coin donation ladies lunch, with all proceeds from the day going to Westmead Medical Research Foundation to further support Cancer patients and their families and also aid in fighting the awful disease.

Merrylands Rugby Union Club fundraise in honour of Helen “Mrs P” Parker, who tragically lost her life from Cancer. Helen spent a large part of her life as part of the Merrylands Rugby family and they continue to honour her through all they do.

For more information about the day please go to Merrylands Rugby Union Club page.

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


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Coleman Greig Challenge: Save the date

May 23rd, 2018

The countdown for the 2018 Coleman Greig Challenge has started, so mark your calendar to join this annual event on Friday, 21 September 2018.

For the third consecutive year, Westmead Medical Research Foundation (WMRF) is one of the beneficiaries of an event that provides businesses and individuals with the opportunity to make a difference to the Western Sydney community.

During the recent launch of the Challenge, Coleman Greig Lawyers Principal, Andrew Grima, thanked the businesses who have already agreed to sponsor the 6th version of the event.

“In the past five years the Challenge has raised nearly $600,000 for our charity partners and the amazing work they do giving children with special needs and newborns opportunities and support to be the best they can be,” Andrew said.

“Participant numbers have also increased from 103 back in 2013 to over 500 in 2017.”

Once again, Olympian Jana Pittman is an ambassador for this year’s event, along with WSLHD’s former director of supportive and palliative medicine Dr Phillip Lee, who is also a cyclist enthusiast.

2017 Coleman Greig Challenge with Jana Pittman and some of Westmead’s team

Grab your training gear and join the businesses and individuals who will come together to run, ride or walk in beautiful Parramatta Park and enjoy the celebratory breakfast offered at Old Government House.

In 2017 more than 50 WSLHD employees joined the challenge. Let’s beat that number this year with more participants and more funds to support the work of the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Westmead Hospital.

For further information about the Coleman Greig Challenge, please visit https://colemangreigchallenge2018.gofundraise.com.au/

To find out how you can support WMRF please call us on 1800 639 037 or email.

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Music and dance with a purpose

May 16th, 2018


                                                      2018 Puthandu Vizha celebration

Last month, during the Puthandu Vizha celebration, enthusiastic members and volunteers from the Sydney Tamil Magalir Mandram (STMM) Inc organised a family day full of music and dance to fundraise for Westmead Medical Research Foundation (WMRF).

During the recent cheque presentation, STMM president and founder, Ms. Vinithra Jayaraman said that she was very pleased with the fundraising efforts.

“In 2017 our community group raised $800 towards the work of the Foundation. This year with the support of generous guests and their families we managed to raise $2,200 for the purchase of wheelchairs Westmead Hospital patients,” Ms Jayaraman said.

The family event was filled with dance performances, delicious food, and engaging stalls showcasing traditional apparel, jewellery and home décor created by women entrepreneurs.

WMRF is very grateful for the ongoing support of STMM.

For more information about supporting Westmead Medical Research Foundation via hosting a fundraising event, please contact WMRF on 1800 639 037 or via email.

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Having a haircut soon?

Winners of Mother’s Day raffle

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Having a haircut soon?

May 14th, 2018

If you want to get rid of your afro, trim your fringe or have a new bob, why not head to JustCuts Parramatta and receive the Westmead Hospital staff special offer.

JustCuts – Parrmatta & Burwood salons have generously launched a 12-month “give back promotion” to support the work of Westmead Medical Research Foundation (WMRF).

They are offering all Westmead staff $5 off every haircut at their Parramatta (Westfield) and Burwood stores. A further $2 from that haircut will be donated back to WMRF.

All funds raised are directed to support the delivery of patient care and medical research.

Simply show your staff ID or mention the Westmead Hospital promotion.

There is also a fundraising page where you can support this great initiative. https://fundraise.wmrf.org.au/profile/justcutsparrabur

This offer will run until May 2019!

To find out about other ways to support patient care at Westmead, please contact WMRF on 1800 639 037 or email us.

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Fundraising Page 

Round up to Make a Difference

 

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Winners of Mother’s Day raffle

May 11th, 2018

Congratulations to all the winners from the Westmead Medical Research Foundation – WMRF Mother’s Day raffle.


Some of the Foundation’s staff members had the opportunity to meet the lucky winners as they collected their prizes.

Val Solman won the 1st prize, a Lexus ‘3-Day Drive Experience’ and a $200 Nick’s Seafood Restaurant voucher. Val can’t wait to drive this vehicle. “Hopefully it’s a black car,” Val said.


Val Solman won the 1st prize, pictured with Ana Gatt, WMRF Marketing & Development Manager

The 2nd prize winner was Ann Williams who was lucky to receive a Chelsea Photography voucher, a JustCuts hair voucher and a Rach T full face glam makeover voucher – a well deserved prize to pamper herself.


Ann Williams, 2nd prize winner with Ana Gatt, WMRF Marketing & Development Manager

Kelsey Boivin & Chris Pettigrew won the 3rd prize, a Vittoria Capino coffee machine with 72 coffee capsules. For immediate enjoyment of the coffee, the prize also included a set of 6 ceramic cups and saucers.

Kelsey Boivin & Chris Pettigrew, 3rd prize winners

The winner of the 4th prize was Rebecca Wall who took home The Shabby Shed ‘Mother’s’ gift pack including a willow tree figurine and a candle.

Thank you to all staff, hospital visitors and members of the community who purchased tickets to support medical research and patient care.

Special thanks also are extended to the businesses who donated the prizes for the raffle for their continued support of the Foundation.

                                              Ann and Isabella at the Westmead Hospital foyer, 2 May 2018

WMRF wish all the mothers a Happy Day!

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

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Mother’s Day Raffle 2018

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One treatment, more than 500 lives saved

May 9th, 2018

Here’s how you could help save more…

DID YOU KNOW?

Jeni was the 69th patient in Australia to receive the pancreas-kidney transplant!

“We often call other organ recipients by their number as patients.

 I’m a friend of No. 34. We are like a big family,” Jeni said.

Please help support this year’s tax appeal just in time for EOFY and read more about Jeni’s wonderful health journey.

If you would like to find out more about supporting Westmead Medical Research Foundation (WMRF), please contact us via email or call us on 1800 639 037.

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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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VIDEO: Victoria Kastoun and baby Anthony

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May 2018 Charity Golf Day

April 16th, 2018

Parramatta Chamber of Commerce: Charity Golf Day 2018

8th May 2018 |  Oatlands Golf Club

RSVP: louise@parramattachamber.com.au – Phone: 9635 0022
Forms to register is available here in pdf

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Events 2018

Connecting with local businesses

A visit to Westmead before teeing off

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FREE Community Seminar: Research & Treatment for IBD

April 12th, 2018

You’re invited!

Tuesday 15 May 2018 | FREE Community Seminar: Research & Treatment for Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD)

You’re invited to mingle with the experts and find out what the latest advancements in treatment/management of IBD.

If you, or someone you know lives with IBS, this could be the FREE event just for you this year!

Please register to book your seat/s now and don’t forget to share and invite others that may benefit from this information night with guest speakers and a Q&A session.

If you would like any further information about this event, please call us on 1800 639 037 or email the Community Relations & Events Manager, Marlene Nasr

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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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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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