The St George & Sutherland Medical Research Foundation (SSMRF) End of Year Celebration Dinner on Friday 2 December raised more than $35,000 net profit for medical research.
SSMRF CEO Pam Brown said, “the generosity of the 160 guests was demonstrated through strong support for the live and silent auctions, table raffles, Christmas bauble purchases, and donations.”
“Special mention should be made of the event’s major sponsor Club Central, who hosted the event at Club Central Hurstville’s Southern Sydney Event Centre, and table sponsor Annie Tang, along with our many sponsors and donors: Bianchini’s, Brass Monkey Cronulla, Club Rivers, Eleni Kandylas, Funky Flowers, HF Industries, Ken Done, Khaya Candles, Lee Evans, Lindt Chocolates, More Than Meat, Northies, Novotel Brighton Beach, Oatley Hotel, Pinot & Picasso, Quest Cronulla, Shark Island Brewery, Southern Star Inspections, Status Anxiety, Sydney Airport, The Australian Golf Club, The Greenery – Cronulla Golf Club, Travelodge Hurstville, Watergrill Restaurant – Cronulla RSL and Urban Rituelle.”
MC Chris O’Keefe, Channel 9 journalist and 2GB radio commentator, kept the night flowing while auctioneer Kevin Greene, former Georges River Mayor and Board Director of Club Central, ensured the attendees dug deep for the auction and pledges. Both Chris and Kevin are Ambassadors of SSMRF.
Former SSMRF Chair Professor John Edmonds was named Patron of the Foundation, having been appointed the inaugural Chair of SSMRF 15 years ago and serving on the Board for 12 years.
Three Early Career Medical Research Grants were awarded to Dr Jessica Dawson, Dr Brendan Smyth, and Dr Richard Sullivan. Dr Dawson’s project is to study Zinc supplementation to reduce anorexia in people with kidney failure receiving conservative kidney management. Dr Smyth’s project is systematic evaluation of interventions for symptom management in chronic kidney disease using Cannabidiol. Dr Sullivan’s project is to investigate point of care antibiotic allergy assessment and intervention.
SSMRF Chair Cathy Yuncken reflected on the year’s highlights such as the return of the Beachside Dash following two years of virtual events and the annual SSMRF Golf Day before confirming she will hand the reins over to fellow Board Member Jill Deering at the end of 2022.
“It has really been a privilege and a pleasure to have served the Foundation and I am so thrilled I am leaving at a time when, due to the Board and staff’s efforts and energy, and after the challenges of the Covid times, the Foundation has renewed momentum and excitement around its purpose and plans for the future,” said Cathy.
To support medical research at St George & Sutherland Hospitals, you can donate to St George & Sutherland Medical Research Foundation.
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