October News Update

A message from the CEO

I am excited to share with you the SSMRF October e-Newsletter and to have this opportunity to thank you for your support.

Whether you are one of our Research Champions giving regularly to SSMRF, a sponsor, an event goer or Beachside Dash participant, our supporters are as integral to the Foundation as our researchers.

I hope you enjoy this edition of the SSMRF e-Newletter. If you have a friend or family member who is interested in what we do, please share this with them and encourage them to sign up to receive their own issue of this newsletter at http://www.stgeorgemrf.com.au/category/news/.

Thank you again for helping medical research within our St George and Sutherland hospitals continue.

Jacquie Stratford | CEO
St George and Sutherland Medical Research Foundation


The Michael Tynan Memorial Challenge

Last Saturday supporters of The Michael Tynan Memorial Challenge were out in force on scooters, on foot and on the water from Wollongong to the shire to raise funds for St George and Sutherland Medical Research Foundation and University of Wollongong Medical Research.

More than 120 walkers joined the journey by foot along the coastal walk in the Royal National Park, joining Madeline Tynan on the 26km hike was the Microbiome Research Centre team, SSMRF Chair Professor John Edmonds, SSMRF Board members A/Prof Peter Gonski and A/Prof Greg Davis, CEO Jacquie Stratford and staff from St George and Sutherland Hospitals, plus many more.

Thank you to the Tynan family for hosting this event and helping to raise vital funds for medical research. You can still support this event by donating online.
Don’t miss out! This will be a night to remember!

The Tynan Family invites you to attend the Michael Tynan Memorial Challenge Gala Ball, raising funds for Medical Research.
Where: Doltone House, Australian Technology Park.
When: Saturday November 3rd, 7pm.
Cost: $350 per person or $3,500 per table of 10 people.
Dress Code: Black Tie.
RSVP: Closes Monday October 29
Book your tickets here.


PM Announces $4 million for Microbiome Research

On Friday 19th October, Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced he was “doubling down” awarding an additional $4 million in funding to the St George & Sutherland Medical Research Foundation to fund stages two and three of the Microbiome Research Centre (MRC).

Mr Morrison said that growth of a medical precinct based in southern Sydney is attracting some of the leading scientists from around the country and will help to boost the local job market.

“What is happening in Australia is innovative, visionary and specialised. I never cease to be excited about the science community and how passionate they are.”

Mr Morrison was joined by The Hon. David Coleman, Minister for Immigration, Citizenship and Multicultural Affairs, Banks MP, who said “Investment in health and medical research can fundamentally change people’s lives by providing new treatments to diseases and improving quality of life.”


St George and Sutherland Medical Research Symposium

SSMRF was thrilled to be part of the 2018 St George and Sutherland Hospital Medical Research Symposium held at the St George Bank Auditorium, Kogarah on Thursday 18th October.

The event drew many attendees to hear speakers from St George and Sutherland hospitals discuss their research as well as presentations from current students.

On the day, SSMRF Chair, Professor John Edmonds and CEO Jacquie Stratford gave an update on the Foundation and SSMRF was proud to sponsor some of the research prizes – congratulations to all winners.

Thank you to event sponsors, St George Bank Kogarah, Smart Salary, UNSW, St George Private Hospital, St George Hospital, Kogarah Lions Club, St George & Sutherland Clinical School and St George and Sutherland Medical Research Foundation.


Golf Day raises $18,000 for Medical Research

On the 23rd August the Foundation held its annual charity golf day at The Australian Golf Club.

Nine teams of four enjoyed a superb morning of golf in idyllic conditions with Solutions Plumbing, captained by Ryan Carr, taking out first place with a net score of 53.5. The big winner on the day was medical research, with $18,000 raised to support innovative projects at St George and Sutherland hospitals.

The member-sponsored day saw Cronulla golfer Matthew Giles host the event for the fourth year running. The SSMRF golf day will be back in 2019, if you are interested in attending or being a sponsor please contact Tracie at tracie.junghans@ssmrf.com.au or call (02) 9098 4042


11th annual St George Beachside Dash a huge success!

More than 700 people participated in the 11th annual St George Beachside Dash.

Runners powered through either 10, five or two kilometre races, raising more than $60,000 for St George and Sutherland Medical Research Foundation to support research programs in the St George and Sutherland Hospitals.

Mother and daughter winners Belinda Martin and Imogen Stewart took out first place for females in the 10km and 5km events.

Imogen, 13, has won the 5 km event three years in a row! Her mum had her fastest time for the 10 km with a 33.45 finish.

The 12th St George Beachside Dash will return in 2019 on Sunday 8th September. Get ready to smash the dash and #runforresearch.