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How many sausages does it take to make a wheelchair? The answer is - a heck of a lot!

July 20th, 2017

Westmead Hospital has asked for our help in replacing 100 general purpose wheelchairs, which are used daily throughout the Westmead Medical Precinct. 

The wheelchairs provide a valuable service to patients such as expectant mums, patients receiving debilitating treatments such as chemotherapy, and patients at Westmead’s Emergency Department.

We are working with a number of partners to meet that request, and first to start the ball rolling were the Lions Club of Holroyd with a very generous donation of $15,000.  WMRF’s Head of Development, Joe Conneely and Relationship Manager Alison Whittaker received a cheque from Club President Peter Lake at a Board Meeting and dinner on July 5th 2017.

Lions Australia is Australia’s largest service club with more than 1200 clubs in Australia and Papua New Guinea.  2017 is a very special year as they are celebrating the 100th anniversary since their founder, Melvin Jones formed the very first Lions club with a view to improving the community.  Lions are people who share a core belief: community is what we make it.  Their motto is “to serve”.

Pete told us that a lot of their fundraising comes from holding community barbeques.  And as Pete says, it takes a lot of sausages to be able to make such a generous donation.  The Lions members have lost count of how many bread rolls they have halved, how many onions they have sliced, and how many sausages the have barbequed over the past year.  They have a regular barbeque every Friday at Bunnings Villawood, so if you would like a taste of a superior sausage, pop down and say hello.  More information can be found at the Holroyd City Lions Club Inc or by email.

WMRF is still looking for donations from businesses, community groups and individuals to be able to meet that target of 100 wheelchairs.  If you would like to help, please contact Alison Whittaker on 9845 9019, or email  for more information.

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The Brunch, Diamonds & Pearls

July 17th, 2017


Hosted by Arab Bank Australia & George Khouzame Group, in support of My Westmead, raising funds for Women’s Health & Newborn Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Westmead Hospital. 

For more information or to purchase your tickets see our Events page or contact Raghida Younes on 0421 097 657 or email 

Related posts – Events 2017

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CG Challenge, Corporate for Community 2017

July 17th, 2017 | 3 Comments

Coleman Greig Challenge – Corporate for Community Event

In support of My Westmead, St. Gabriel’s School, and Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children.
Friday, 20 October 2017 l Parramatta Park
Help us raise $175,000 for children with special needs and newborn care!
The Coleman Greig Challenge is an opportunity for businesses to support organisations making a difference to the lives of children and their families in Western Sydney.
Businesses will come together on Friday, 20 October 2017 to run, ride or walk in beautiful Parramatta Park. It’s an opportunity to get fit, have fun and give back – all in one morning.
Afterwards, participants enjoy a celebratory breakfast to share their acheivements and help in reaching our fundraising goal for children with special needs and newborn care.
Read the sponsorship proposal.
For more information please visit https://colemangreigchallenge2017.gofundraise.com.au/ 

Related posts – Will you take up the challenge to give back with Jana Pittman?

       Thank you to this years:

                                                                          

 

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Get ready to run this spring!

July 14th, 2017

2017 Blackmores Sydney Running Festival

Registration is officially open! We are excited to announce that the Blackmores #BridgeRun is now a 10k certified accurate distance returning to the Sydney Opera House finish, and the Blackmores #SydneyMarathon and Blackmores #HalfMarathon are both flat and fast. #EarlyBird #SydneyRunningFestival www.sydneyrunningfestival.com.au

Posted by Blackmores Sydney Running Festival on Tuesday, 14 March 2017

Spring in Sydney is, with no doubt, a beautiful season. This September you can enjoy a fun run on one of the most extraordinary courses in the world, following Sydney iconic landmarks and having the unique opportunity of crossing the Sydney Harbour Bridge traffic free!

On Sunday 17 September join the Blackmores Sydney Running Festival, run along with over 32,000 participants from over 66 countries, and fundraise for Westmead Medical Research Foundation to support the delivery of medical research and patient care.

By choosing to support Westmead Medical Research Foundation you will help the Foundation to ensure all patients receive the best care today, while searching for a healthier tomorrow.

For more information about supporting Westmead Medical Research Foundation please visit our Events page or call Marlene Nasr, Events Manager on 02 9845 8152.

Thank you and best of luck at the Running Festival!

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Related links – Events: Blackmores Sydney Running Festival
                       – Sydney Running Festival 2017 
                       – Run across the Harbour Bridge for WMRF – car-free!

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A Hope for Type 1 Diabetes Patients

July 12th, 2017

This week is Diabetes Week, 10 – 16 July

Last year we had the privilege of hosting a Community Seminar event on Diabetes and Research, and in particular, Professor Wayne Hawthorne’s research on ground-breaking islet cell transplantation as an innovative treatment for patients diagnosed with severe Type 1 diabetes. Here is a snippet of the presentation from the 2016 Community Seminar.

Can you imagine being a talented pastry chef and not being able to taste your own creations before serving them?

This was the case for Oliver, a severe Type 1 diabetes sufferer, who nearly had to abandon his successful career because of his disease.

Type 1 diabetes is an auto-immune disease, which destroys pancreatic islets – the cells that produce insulin. Patients require multiple daily insulin injections and constant monitoring of blood glucose. If not controlled, Type 1 diabetes can have massive health impacts and can be fatal. It can also affect quality of life and other chronic health complications.

For more than 20 years, Professor Wayne Hawthorne and his team at Westmead have been studying ground-breaking islet cell transplantation as an innovative treatment for patients diagnosed with severe Type 1 diabetes.

As researchers from The Westmead Institute and Westmead Hospital, they pioneered the first clinical trial of an innovative procedure where donor pancreatic islet cells were transplanted into the recipient’s liver.

Thanks to the Westmead team, people such as Oliver can return to their careers and significantly improved quality of life after islet cell transplantation.

Professor Hawthorne continues to lead a specialised research team, committed to providing patients with the best possible treatments for Type 1 diabetes.  They are now working to develop new technologies to cure many more patients suffering from the disease.

The team has already completed more than 50 clinical islet cell transplants at Westmead Hospital.  A milestone in their research combined with recent advances in medical technologies, is enabling more patients to benefit from this ground-breaking procedure.

Transplants require enormous co-ordination – between getting the call that a donor pancreas is available, the extraction of the islet cells and preparing the recipient for the procedure – Professor Hawthorne and the Westmead team dedicate incredible energy and time to the entire process.

The next steps in Professor Hawthorne’s research involve refining the process to help more people with Type 1 diabetes, by expanding the use of the currently available donor organs and streamlining the islet isolation process. These projects are the focus of several of their current research projects.

Professor Hawthorne stated,

“We have come so far in treatment options for Type 1 diabetes, but we won’t stop until we find a cure for all patients with Type 1 diabetes”

Photo courtesy of the Westmead Institute for Medical Research (WIMR)

To donate and help support research just like Professor Wayne Hawthorne, go to our DONATE  page, email us or call us at 1800 639 037 

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Related article – The Pulse – Diabetes in Western Sydney: “It’s a bigger problem than anybody has anticipated”

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Sargents donates $240K for vital hospital equipment

July 6th, 2017

In June 2017, Sargents Pies Charitable Foundation donated $240,000 to Westmead Medical Research Foundation (WMRF) to fund critical equipment and programs across Western Sydney Local Health District.

Pictured left to right: Brian Andrews, a representative of Sargents accepting WMRF’s appreciation plaque, presented by Susie Saba (Partnerships Manager, WMRF), and Joe Conneely (Head of Development, WMRF)

The donation – the latest from the Sydney business – will be spent on a variety of equipment across WSLHD; including 18 new oxygenation units that are beneficial add-ons to Ventilators, previously funded by Sargents Pies Charitable Foundation in 2016, supporting Westmead Hospital’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), three PANDA warmers for the Birth Unit, along with funding for a specialist exercise physiologist for Westmead’s Redbank House to assist in exercise programs for children to achieve optimal improvements in overall health and wellbeing.

Blacktown and Mount Druitt hospitals will also receive funds for equipment supporting the WSLHD VET in Schools Program for Assistant in Nursing, based at the Blacktown Simulation Centre.

Since 2011, Sargents has donated more than $2 million to the health district – a fact that is not lost on WMRF.

The foundation was keen to pay homage to Sargents for their ongoing generosity, particularly to Westmead Hospital’s NICU.

A new video, featuring former patients and NICU staff, aims to recognise Sargents’ contribution to the ward – and the lives of hundreds of babies each year.

Mother of two, Victoria Kastoun participated in the video after seeing first-hand the work of NICU’s clinical team and the life-saving equipment when her son Anthony was born prematurely.

“The NICU was a place I had to face all my fears,” Victoria said.

“But every milestone now … it takes me back to NICU; I wouldn’t have had [those moments] if it wasn’t for the NICU team.

“In Anthony’s crib [at the hospital], there was a plaque saying proudly donated by Sargents Pies and every day, you see that; it made me realise how many people were on Anthony’s journey with us and how many contributed to his care.”

Victoria Kastoun with baby son Anthony.

Sargents Pies Charitable Foundation representative Brian Andrews said the foundation was committed to helping western Sydney hospitals.

“We are thrilled to be able to support the incredible efforts of the hard-working NICU doctors and nurses by funding new equipment,” he said.

“Feedback from families who have benefited from the equipment is most rewarding.”

Westmead Medical Research Foundation’s Partnerships Manager, Susie Saba said Partnerships with the corporate community leave a footprint beyond our imagination. Sargents Pies Charitable Foundation has touched so many lives throughout their years of support – we can’t thank them enough. This video provides a glimpse of the sentiments of the community and the legacy left behind through their generosity.

To support medical research and patient care at Westmead, visit How you can help page, via email or call us on 1800 639 037 

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City2Surf journey with us!

July 5th, 2017

City2Surf Run or Ride for Medical Research & Patient Care

City2Surf Instagram Guide

The City2Surf is not just about a finish line, it’s a journey. We’re in this together 💪🏅💪🏅💪🏅Use our Instagram Guide: instagram.com/city2surf to stay up to date with our weekly takeovers by health experts, connect with other fitness communities, get workout tips, training motivation and the latest info about the event.

Posted by City Run Series on Thursday, 8 June 2017

If you like to challenge yourself at marathons, running festivals or fun rides, remember to register in the below events and select Westmead Medical Research Foundation as your preferred charity.

On Sunday, 13 August, you can make your experience at the world’s largest fun run even more meaningful, by supporting the delivery of medical research and patient care.

Simply join The Sun-Herald City to Surf and select Westmead Medical Research Foundation as your charity to fundraise.  Help us to provide patients with access to the best possible treatment and care.

Your support enables researchers to continue their fight against diseases, discover new therapies, preventions or ultimately a cure.

For more information about supporting Westmead Medical Research Foundation please visit wmrf.org.au/events2017 or call Marlene Nasr, Events Manager on 02 9845 8152.

Good luck and thank you!

Related posts – Choose us for City2Surf 2017 – Run or Ride for Medical Research  – Events 2017

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Choose us for City2Surf 2017!

June 30th, 2017 | 1 Comment

City2Surf Instagram Guide

The City2Surf is not just about a finish line, it’s a journey. We’re in this together 💪🏅💪🏅💪🏅Use our Instagram Guide: instagram.com/city2surf to stay up to date with our weekly takeovers by health experts, connect with other fitness communities, get workout tips, training motivation and the latest info about the event.

Posted by City Run Series on Thursday, 8 June 2017

If you enjoy participating in fun events such as fun runs/walks, please consider us as your charity of choice to raise much needed funds to support the delivery of medical research and patient care.

Visit our Facebook page (and don’t forget to Like) and flick through our photo albums and see what our generous and kind donors have achieved through their support 

To register and for more information go to City2Surf and please feel free to contact us if you have any further questions. 

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It's EOFY! Join CG Challenge 2017

June 30th, 2017

Pictured: Markia L (RNMW) with the new Panda Warmer for Newborns.

Join the Coleman Greig Challenge or make a donation to support this event before the EOFY and help us fund equipment like this Panda Warmer to keep Westmead’s newborn babies safe and warm.

Midwife, Marika L, standing with the new Panda Warmer to keep Westmead’s newborn babies safe and warm.

Thanks to all the participants, supporters and sponsors in last years Coleman Greig Challenge (2016), which made the purchase of this vital equipment for newborns possible through the funds raised in 2016 Coleman Greig Challenge!

To register, donate and for more information go to CG Challenge GoFundraise page.

Please feel free to contact us should you have any further enquiries or to make a donation, 1800 639 037 

 

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Run or Ride for Medical Research

June 28th, 2017

If you like to challenge yourself at marathons, running festivals or fun rides, remember to register in the below events and select Westmead Medical Research Foundation as your preferred charity.

On Sunday, 13 August, you can make your experience at the world’s largest fun run even more meaningful, by supporting the delivery of medical research and patient care.

Simply join the The Sun-Herald City to Surf and select Westmead Medical Research Foundation as your cause to fundraise. Help us to provide patients with access to the best possible treatment and care locally and globally.

Locally, as with your donation you are helping us to fund new, cutting edge medical equipment and innovative patient care services. Globally, because together we are funding life-saving, visionary research projects in search of prevention, treatments and cures to some of the most devastating diseases affecting our communities.

Do you think you need to train a bit more? If so, join the Blackmores Sydney Running Festival on Sunday 17 September and run along with over 32,000 participants from over 66 countries. By choosing to support Westmead Medical Research Foundation you will be helping us to ensure all patients receive the best care today, while searching for a healthier tomorrow.

If what you prefer is a two-wheel challenge then the 2017 Bowral Classic on Sunday 22 October is for you! Feel the freedom of the picturesque Southern Highlands while fundraising for Westmead Medical Research Foundation, simply select us from the drop-down menu under the Fundraising Page section.

Join our own Dr Philip Lee from Westmead Hospital Palliative Care and 2017 Citizen of the Year, who has accepted the challenge and will participate at the Bowral Classic fundraising for Westmead Medical Research Foundation.

For more information about supporting Westmead Medical Research Foundation please visit wmrf.org.au or call 02 9845 6289.

Good luck and thank you!  

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