Community Rallies for the Foundation

The St George and Sutherland Shire communities have continued to rally to support this Foundation this year.

Individuals, service clubs and businesses big and small have raised money in all ways for medical research.

The Sutherland Shire Council Mayoral Debutant Ball held at the Entertainment Centre earlier in the year showcased the young people of the region in an event hosted by the Mayor Cr Steve Simpson. Cr Simpson’s generosity and enthusiasm for the debutant ball flowed through into the fundraising for the event. The debutants and their partners worked tirelessly for the Foundation. The Foundation will announce a special research grant focusing on Sutherland Hospital soon.

The Beachside Dash, sponsored by St George Bank continues to go from strength to strength. This year the fun run from Peter Depeena Park, Sans Souci, took on a festival feel with rides, stalls and other activities. Race Director Virginia Venckus said the race was now part of the community calendar and runners – and walkers – from throughout the area anjoyed a relaxed and healthy day.

Kogarah Lions Club’s significant annual dinner was another special event focused on fundraising for the Foundation and other causes. Kogarah Lions Club continues to lead the way with regular support for medical research and in hospitals. President Prof Aberto Albani and his team are a committed team that appreciates the importance of medical reasearch.

St George Cricket Club president Kevin Greene asked his ‘friends’ to pour buckets of ice over him – but there was a price they had to pay. This simple but costly (for some) gesture attracted a number of individuals and organisations and an extraordinary $10,000 was raised. Mr Greene’s contribution to the region’s community is legendary and continues in a number of significant ways.

Businessman Michael Lehner continues to support the Foundation, this year by staging his second annual golf day at Beverley Park Golf Club. Michael generosity attracted more than 60 players including Federal Member for Barton Mr Nick Varvaris.

Dr Zoran Becvarovski rallied the Macedonian community generally and doctors specifically to lend support to the golf day. The community dinner also contributed significantly to the Foundation.

The two most important business awards in this region – one held in the shire and one in St George – has proudly sponsored the Foundation this year. Under Steve Loe, Precedent Productions stages the important business events every year.

Peter Ridley and his team at St George Private Hospital have been supporters of the all-important annual fundraising dinner. This year the Foundation announced a record $500,000 in grants (see other story). The dinner was attended by Federal member for Barton Mr Nick Varvaris and State Member for Oatley, Mr Mark Coure.

Foundation CEO Peter Christopher said the support of these people and organisations is extraordinarily important for the Foundation’s future. “The ongoing support of the community will lead to more money going to research in these two hospitals in the region,” he said. “Good research attracts good people, which strengthens the medical care of our community. None of us likes to think about it but the fact is we will all need medical assistance at some stage. And we all want the best of treatment. Medical breakthroughs and improvements come through research. Everyone who helps the Foundation is actively contributing to the welfare of this community. Research is expensive – it can’t be done without the community’s contribution.”