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Welcome to our March 2018 edition Newsletter

March 14th, 2018

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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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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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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

 

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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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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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Teeing off for Medical Research & Patient Care

November 14th, 2017 | 1 Comment

#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

For the third consecutive year, Arab Bank Australia (ABA) has proudly supported the work of Westmead Medical Research Foundation (WMRF) through their Charity Golf Day.

 

 

This year 20 teams registered and played on the day. Nearly 100 players and guests attended the event where over $24,000 was raised towards the support of medical research and patient care projects at Westmead.

 

A glorious day at the Twin Creeks Country and Golf Club on Thursday 9 November.  It was great to see so many golfers supporting such a great cause.  Another special mention and thanks to our Co-Sponsor Construction Consultants, our shirt sponsor BP Australia and our Event Sponsor Billbergia, to all our hole sponsors and donors and to the players – the day wouldn’t have been such a success without your friendship, support and giving nature.  A great overall result,” said Joe Rizk, Managing Director and CEO of Arab Bank Australia.

WMRF provides support across all aspects of the precinct through its fundraising and awareness initiatives to support the dedicated staff and patients who visit Westmead.

  

It’s right to say that the Foundation is truly engaged with the community throughout their lifespan, funding state-of the-art medical equipment, life-saving research and enhanced patient services for Westmead Hospital and The Westmead Institute for Medical Research.

All of this would not be possible without the generous contributions we receive from donors like Arab Bank Australia and its corporate partners – a dedicated group who supports this fantastic fundraising event,”said Joe Conneely, Head of Development at WMRF.

 

For more photos visit us on our Instagram!  

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

    WMRF Heart

Don’t forget to check out our 2017 Christmas Appeal and please share!

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Teeing off for medical research & patient care

Events 2017

The Brunch, Diamonds & Pearls

Thank you Lexus of Parramatta

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Your gift this Christmas makes a real difference, thank you!

November 8th, 2017 | 1 Comment

 

My whole world stopped, my heart broke and my family was hurting,” remembers Snezana, a young mother to three boys, a wife and a cancer survivor.

Click below to view more

 

 

For more information about supporting Westmead Medical Research Foundation please contact us on

1800 639 037 or via email.

    WMRF Heart

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Welcome to our March 2018 edition Newsletter

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Fantastic Results From Our Bowral Classic Charity Heroes!

October 30th, 2017

CONGRATULATIONS to our Charity Heroes!

This year’s Bowral Classic was held over the weekend, Sunday 22, October 2017 in the beautiful Southern Highlands, NSW.

Our inspirational charity heroes that participated this year and fund-raised are, Dr Philip Lee, Michael Fawke and David O’Connell. Thank you for your extraordinary achievement and for helping us support the delivery of medical research & patient care for Western Sydney and beyond!

Dr Philip Lee (retired)

Dr Philip Lee before starting his 160km ride

“Successfully completed the 160 Kms just under 6 hours. Exhausted but very satisfied” – Dr Philip Lee

Michael Fawke

Why did you join the Bowral Classic?

“I joined the Bowral Classic because it’s the one event where I’m just competing against myself.  I enter occasional competitive events, and I do two “away” events a year with friends – but this event is my personal challenge. “

“This is Harry, he’s an identical twin, he and his brother (Ryan) were born at Canberra Hospital at 28w/3d.  Ryan, the lucky bugger, was born frank breach and came out completely unscathed – but Harry had a Grade 4 brain hemorrhage.  He has slight cerebral palsy, a very dodgy eye, and two years ago he spent four days in Westmead Children’s hospital having his hydrocephalus investigated.  He and his twin have been involved in every research study they were eligible for, as we understand the value of scientific research and the debt we owe (as a family) to medical research.  So when I looked through the list of charities we could select from – the choice was obvious.” – Michael stated.

 

WMRF Heart UPDATE WMRF Heart

Michael shared his Bowral experience:

I went “OK”, the plan was to ride conservatively, as I have an injured hamstring and couldn’t afford to make a real effort.  Surprisingly, I was seven minutes quicker that last year… And there’s always next year.   A good 10.5 hours of sleep at the end of the day before the obligatory “recovery ride” to get some coffee, then drove back to Canberra […]

Michael also provided some awesome photos from the day before and after the event, visit our  Instagram account!

THANK YOU Michael and WELL DONE! WMRF Heart

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

    WMRF Heart

Related links:

Events 2017

Run or Ride for Medical Research – June 28th, 2017

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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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