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Rev X: Amazing Race

April 26th, 2018

 

Revolution X will be hosting the ‘Rev X: Amazing Race Game Day‘ on the 19th May 2018 to raise funds for the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), Westmead Hospital.


Victoria Kastoun with baby Anthony, aka ‘Little Lion

From NICU Fundraiser Amazing Race at Rev X – Events page

Inspired by Head Coach Rob’s son, Anthony Kastoun AKA ‘’Little Lion’’’, who was born on 15 January 2016, 14 weeks earlier than his expected due date, and weighing just over 900g.

Victoria Kastoun with baby son Anthony.

The reality is that Anthony is just one in ten premature births. Many spending their first few months of life in a 4×4 incubator attached to more wires than one will ever see in their life.

So it is our pledge to ‘give’ to the tiniest fighters our world has by raising funds to help purchase life-saving equipment. Our first goal, is to raise enough money to donate a full humidity crib.

Last year we raised: $13738.55

Our goal this year is to reach: $25,000

You can contribute in any of the following ways:

– Participate in the Games Day, entry is by donation, teams of 3 (RXD and Scaled)

– Plus more fun and games to be revealed…

Or simply go to the fundraising page to make a donation:

http://fundraise.wmrf.org.au/champion/wmrf-champions/VICTORIAKASTOUN


For more information about supporting Westmead Medical Research Foundation (WMRF) and hosting a fundraising event, please contact Marlene Nasr, Community Relations & Events Manager on 1800 639 037

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Related links:

Revolution X & The Little Lion Cafe Proudly Supporting The “Tiny But Mighty”

VIDEO: Victoria Kastoun and baby Anthony

Sargents donates $240K for vital hospital equipment

 

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An invitation for businesses

April 20th, 2018

Become a sponsor of the Coleman Greig Challenge 2018

Thank you Coleman Greig Lawyers for choosing the Foundation for the third consecutive year as one of the beneficiaries of the Coleman Greig Challenge.

The Challenge is an opportunity for businesses to support organisations making a difference to the lives of children and families in Western Sydney.

Businesses will come together on Friday, 21 September 2018 to run, ride or walk in beautiful Parramatta Park.

This is your company’s opportunity to get fit, have fun and give back – all in one morning.

Find out more about the sponsorship packages available: (pdf sponsorship proposal)

Or contact us on 1800 639 037

 

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Related links:

Rain, hail or shine, the Coleman Greig Challenge is a must go event!

CG Challenge, Corporate for Community 2017

It’s EOFY! Join CG Challenge 2017

Generous donors visit NICU

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May 2018 Charity Golf Day

April 16th, 2018

Parramatta Chamber of Commerce: Charity Golf Day 2018

8th May 2018 |  Oatlands Golf Club

RSVP: louise@parramattachamber.com.au – Phone: 9635 0022
Forms to register is available here in pdf

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Events 2018

Connecting with local businesses

A visit to Westmead before teeing off

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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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Related links:

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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Related Links:

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.

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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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A visit to Westmead before teeing off

March 20th, 2018

Parramatta Chamber of Commerce has selected Westmead Medical Research Foundation (WMRF) as the charity of choice for their upcoming Charity Golf Day.

During a recent visit to Westmead Hospital, the event sponsors got a behind the scenes insight at how funds raised by WMRF are used in different areas of the hospital.


Darren Delaney, Mark Davis, Paul Noppen, Rosa Bellisimo, Joe Conneely

Paul Noppen, Darren Delaney and Mark Davis, from Noppen Group, together with Parramatta Chamber of Commerce Board member Rosa Bellisimo, visited The Crown Princess Mary Cancer Centre (CPMCC) and the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Westmead.

CPMCC nurse unit manager radiation oncology Noeline Ranzac – who is also a golf fan – thanked the sponsors for their commitment to this year’s event.

“Some of the equipment we use daily at the centre was purchased with funds received from sponsors and supporters of events like golf days,” Noeline said.

“The incredible generosity of donors funding state-of-the-art equipment allows us to improve the therapy of patients through their difficult cancer journey.”

At NICU, the sponsors met nurse unit manager John Whittaker who explained the importance of having equipment with advanced features available at the ward.

“A perfect example is the PANDA Resuscitaire, a machine that keeps a newborn at optimum temperature and has the ability to provide breathing assistance if the baby requires it,” John said.

“Thank you to Parramatta Chamber of Commerce, Noppen Group for visiting, and all the sponsors of this year Charity Golf Day.”

The 2018 Charity Golf Day in support of the Foundation will be held on May 8 at Oatlands Golf Club. Golfers and guests will play a round of golf and then enjoy lunch to raise funds to support medical research and patient care at Westmead.

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

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Related links:

Parramatta Chamber of Commerce: Charity Golf Day, May 8

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