SSMRF August News

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Our Newest Patron: Peter FitzSimons AM

We are proud to announce that one of Australia’s most prominent authors and journalists, Peter FitzSimons AM, has agreed to be a Patron of the Foundation.

He joins Sir Michael Parkinson and Lady Mary Parkinson in this important role.

“It’s an honor to be a patron of the Foundation at such an important time in its history,” Peter said.
“I understand the importance of medical research – while conducted locally, the impact is world-wide.

“I look forward to supporting researchers and the Foundation in this vital work.”
Peter’s most recent book, Fromelles and Pozieres: In the Trenches of Hell, continues his important writing on Australian history.

Peter is also Chair of the Australian Republican Movement.

Among many achievements he has played Rugby for Australia, presented TV programs and hosted radio shows. He is well known for his insights on sport, life and politics published weekly in The Sydney Morning Herald.


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Congratulations: Sutherland Local Business Awards Finalists

As the charity of choice for the Sutherland Shire Local Business Awards, SSMRF would like to congratulate this year’s Local Business Award Finalists – local businesses and their people who go above and beyond providing an exceptional customer service experience.

A huge THANK YOU to the managers of the Local Business Awards, Precedent Productions, where over $2000 was raised for SSMRF. Enriching our community through medical research is what we are all about, and it was wonderful to see so many passionate business leaders giving back to their community by supporting our cause. Click here to donate.


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St.George Bank Beachside Dash: Come join the fun!

Join us for a fun-filled morning on Sunday 11th September at Peter Depena Park, Sans Souci, for the St.George Bank Beachside Dash – now in its 9th year – while helping to raise much needed funds for SSMRF in support of Dr Roncolato’s study into the effectiveness of exercise programs during chemotherapy and radiotherapy.

With something for everyone – run, jog or walk 10km, 5km and 2km events – this is a fun family event not to be missed. Find out more now. 


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Research: Exercise and Chemotherapy

Dr Fernando Roncolato, who specialises in blood disorders & blood diseases at St George Private Hospital, is currently undertaking a pilot study of a randomised control trial assessing the impact of a supervised exercise program on the quality of life of lymphoma patients treated with chemotherapy – the EXEL study.

‘’The idea is that we use aerobic and strengthening exercises to improve psychological and physical quality of life. In contrast to a lot of other studies in this area, we’re attempting to employ the exercise component concurrently with chemotherapy. We’re hoping that by proving benefit, we will allow patients to promote their own health away from the clinic and hospital environment.’’


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The Michael Tynan Memorial Challenge: Are you up for it?

WANTED: 100 civic-minded individuals who are up for a challenge and want to raise money for a great cause.

The challenge, should you accept it, is to raise $5000 for the St George & Sutherland Medical Research Foundation (SSMRF), and walk 100km from Wollongong to St George, via Sutherland Shire – all the while having a whale of a good time.

To find out more go to the Challenge Website


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It’s Back: The St George Cricket Club Charity Walk

On Sunday 18 September Kevin Grenne will head off with members from the St George Cricket Club in a challenging walk throughout the St George district to raise much needed funds for life-saving & life-improving research.

The walk will commence at the SCG, finishing at Hurstville Oval, coinciding with the lunchtime break during the NSW State Team selection match.

Look out for more details on the SSMRF Facebook page and website or click here to donate towards the cricket club walk  


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SHOUT OUT: Sutherland Shire Markets

Thank you to the Sutherland Shire Markets for making a free stall available to SSMRF on Saturday 20 August to promote the work of the Foundation.

Since July 2016, this weekly market takes place on Saturday’s from 8am to 1pm (rain, hail or shine) at 123 – 125 Flora Street, Sutherland.

The Sutherland Shire Markets offers “quality Australian farm-fresh produce direct to the consumer thereby increasing their nutritional intake of fresh, locally grown food and also to provide enhanced customer service with a range of foods and drink-related products.”

To find out more visit their website.

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