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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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Introducing the Exercise Physiologist at Redbank

May 2nd, 2018

Cindy Chung, Exercise Physiologist at Redbank

During a recent visit to Redbank, Westmead Medical Research Foundation Head of Development Joe Conneely had the opportunity to meet Cindy Chung, Exercise Physiologist at Redbank House.

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.

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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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Events 2018

 

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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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Connecting with local businesses

April 5th, 2018

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.”

Parramatta Chamber of Commerce President, David Hill and Business Relationship Manager, Romina Bousimon, presented a certificate of appreciation to the Foundation.

Guests included Parramatta MP Geoff Lee, past and present board members of the Chamber and representatives from a diverse range of Western Sydney businesses.

Pictured left to right: Joe Conneely Head of Development WMRF, Alison Whittaker Relationship Manager WMRF, David Hill Chamber President 2017/2018, Dr Geoff Lee MP State Member for Parramatta, Michael Mekhitarian Chamber Immediate Past President, Gary Carter Chamber Board Member.

Members and guests were invited by the Chamber to join their upcoming Charity Golf Day raising funds for WMRF,  this event will be held on 8 May 2018 at Oatlands Golf Club.

To find out how you can support medical research and patient care, call 1800 639 037 or email us wmrf@wmrf.org.au

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Parramatta Chamber of Commerce Event Details: Business After 5, 3 April 2018

 

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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

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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
   

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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.
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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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