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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
For more information about supporting WMRF and hosting a fundraising event, please contact us on 1800 639 037 or email us.
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.
That day, Jeni’s life changed enormously. The positive impact on Jeni’s health was witnessed by friends and family, but also made a great impression on Jeni’s young niece, Sian.
Fast forward 21 years, and as Sian and her fiancé Zac were planning their wedding, they decided that on the most important day of their lives they would celebrate Aunt Jeni’s life changing transplant, carried out by the world-renowned team here at Westmead Hospital.
Instead of having table decorations, this beautiful couple donated the amount of money they would have spent, to further the research carried out by the transplant team. Jeni’s original transplant was carried out by Professor Richard Allen, and she is still cared for today by the world’s number 1 expert in kidney transplantation, Professor Jeremy Chapman, together with Professor Philip O’Connell and the team of dedicated medical and nursing staff at Westmead Hospital.
Despite being overseas, Professor Chapman took time out of his busy schedule to send a message to Sian and Zac:
“Congratulations on your wedding, representing confidence in the future, just as our transplant program looks to the future through our clinical services, and our research”
We would like to thank Sian & Zac, and their Aunt Jeni for sharing their wonderful story with us, and for being so generous in investing in kidney and pancreas transplant research.
The program here at Westmead links research carried out at the Westmead Institute with transplants carried out within the hospital, and aims to translate research into clinical practice to provide better options for patients, slow progression of disease, and, where possible, to prevent renal disease and its complications.
Related links – Wedding Bliss from Western Sydney Local Health District Facebook page – Wedding gesture helps fund transplant research from The Pulse