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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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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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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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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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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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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

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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.

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Wonderful wedding gesture funds research

September 25th, 2017 | 1 Comment

In March 1996, momentous things were happening in Australia.

John Howard became Australia’s 25th Prime Minister, Mark Waugh scored his third century of the Cricket World Cup for Australia, and a young lady called Jeni underwent a pancreas and kidney transplant at Westmead Hospital.

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.

Happy couple, Zac & Sian Williams

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.

If you would like to make a donation as a celebration of your marriage, or in lieu of birthday gifts, please contact Marlene Nasr on 8890 8152, or by email  WMRF Heart

   

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499 not out!

August 17th, 2017

“499 not out! Celebrating 30 years of kidney and pancreas transplantation at Westmead. Great to meet donors and hear their stories,”  said Joe Conneely, (Head of Development, WMRF)

Read more 

Landmark Westmead Hospital treatment continues to save lives – 30 years on

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