SSMRF September News

VIP’s Come Together for Medical Research

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The Michael Tynan Memorial Challenge will be held over the weekend of the 22nd & 23rd of October.


The goal is to raise $500,000 to further the work of SSMRF, of which Michael Tynan and Tynan Motors have been major supporters since it was founded 9 years ago.

The event will raise money exclusively for life-changing and life-saving medical research and acknowledge the memory of Michael Tynan – philanthropist and businessman.

Many prominent institutions are supporting the event – including the University of Wollongong, St George Leagues and Cronulla Sutherland Leagues Clubs, the Illawarra Mercury and The Leader, Optus, St George Bank, Tradies, Westfield Miranda, Sharkies, Masterton Homes and Tribe Social Fitness.

Footballers from the St George Illawarra Dragons will be putting together walking teams which the community is invited to sponsor, as well as Federal Treasurer Scott Morrison and NSW Environment and Heritage Minister Mark Speakman.

Walk, drive or paddle from Wollongong to Sydney to help raise $500,000 for local medical research.

Over two days on October 22-23, you will cover 100km through some of the world’s greatest hidden treasures found right here on Sydney’s doorstep. On day 1, you will venture through the Royal National Park and be mesmerized by spectacular waterfalls, rock formations, flora and fauna accessed only by a few people. No words can describe the natural beauty of the walk. You will join an exclusive group to enjoy a pristine experience. Then soak up an historic sunset champagne ferry trip across to Cronulla for a very special surprise dinner. On day 2 you will enjoy some of the delights of the Sutherland Shire & St. George area.

Hug the awesome cliff faces from Wollongong to Sydney as you join the paddlers. You will see nature at her best, from a place few people ever experience. The views will be jaw-dropping.

Less demanding but fun, fun, fun will be the driving observation challenge to beat all car challenges. Glistening vintage cars and new cars will visit iconic landmarks throughout the South Coast and the Shire.

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If the above challenges don’t appeal to you, then why not simply sponsor one of our walkers, paddlers or drivers or join us at our dinner on the 15th November.

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Volunteers are an integral part of the Michael Tynan Memorial Challenge events.

Volunteering is a rewarding way to help out a local charity and get involved with a community, supporting people in our own backyards.

Volunteer roles are many and varied and we are always looking for more people to help out, particularly on the day of the Michael Tynan Memorial Challenge events. All professional and life-skills are valuable in assisting with operating our events.

Volunteer tasks include:
– Marshals
– Information desk
– Checkpoint hand
– IT/computer support
– Administration assistants
– Equipment logistics and course setup
– Event support – Raffle & Silent Auction collectors

If you would like to be a volunteer, whether it be for just an hour or more, please fill out the volunteer application form by clicking here. (Must be 18 years or older)

Exclusive Black Tie Dinner


We are very excited to announce that our Annual Foundation Dinner will be held in conjunction with Tynan Motor Group 50th Anniversary Black Tie Dinner celebrating Michael Tynan’s achievements on Friday 18th November 2016 at the Four Points by Sheraton Sydney Darling Harbour – an exclusive event not to be missed! 

This élite event will bring together the A list of corporate invitees and VIPs within the St George & Sutherland Shire community and beyond, with jaw-dropping entertainment, culinary delights, and luxurious prizes.

With an impressive line-up of entertainment and an evening of glitz and glamour, the quality of this high-end event will reflect the brand value of Tynan Motors Group and their partners.

The venue will provide an iconic location to celebrate Tynan Motors 50th anniversary. The night will be exciting and engaging and will also pay tribute to Michael Tynan and his many contributions to his community.

Tickets are now on sale and are priced at $500 per person, or $5,000 for a table of ten.

If you would like to Sponsor or Donate a Prize, please email us at  

All proceeds from the night will go to SSMRF in support of medical research.

To Book Tickets click here

Research: Chemotherapy and Swallowing Difficulties


Dr Peter Wu, Dept. of Gastroenterology and Hepatology St George Hospital was awarded a postgraduate medical scholarship to enable him to extend his preliminary novel translational research and to complete his PhD in 2017 (“The role of biomechanical measurements in the management of pharyngeal and oesophageal diseases causing swallowing difficulties”). Read how this changed the life of Cheryl from Cronulla

B-xponential Business Event


Supporting SSMRF, this conference will connect you with industry x-perts, world class speakers and highly successful Australian business icons. Have you reflected on why you got into business in the first place? Was it money? Lifestyle? Family time? Or something else? The real question is… have you achieved the WHY?

Many of us will answer ‘no’ to this question. The reality is that being in business appears to not have shaped up to be all that you imagined… BUT IT CAN BE. Register and claim your free ticket now.

A huge Thank You to Matt Alderton, CEO at Bx|Business for Life, for his commitment to local Medical Research.

St. George Cricket Club Charity


Despite the rainy weather, St George District Cricket Club President Kevin Greene and team completed the Charity Walk from the Arthur Morris Gates at the SCG to the Arthur Morris Gates at Hurstville Oval on 18 September raising funds for SSMRF.

The walk was in honour of one of the region’s most celebrated cricketers, Arthur Morris, who died 12 months ago.

Club president Kevin Greene said despite the wet weather, the event was a successful turnout.

“We were hoping for somewhere between $10,000 – $25,000 so it went pretty well“ he said.

“We had a number of kids down there so it was a good day”.

This year marked the third year the club partnered with the St George & Sutherland Medical Research Foundation.

Although our primary focus is cricket we also recognise our community responsibility and this a practical demonstration to the young players in our care”, Mr Greene said.

The club has provided many outstanding cricketers for Australia including Don Bradman, Bill O’Reilly, Ray Lindwall and current players Josh Hazelwood, Moises Henriques and Trent Copland.

Arthur Morris played his cricket for St George at Hurstville Oval, becoming one of Australia’s best opening batsmen and a member of the Australian Team of the century” Mr Greene said.

A big thank you to Kevin, St George DCC Treasurer, Mary Cheney and St George JCA representatives, Danny Williams and Rick Francis for their fantastic efforts. The group grew along the way, including many local junior cricketers and sponsors who joined the walk from Bexley Oval.

At this stage donations can still be made – please click here

St.George Bank Beachside Dash

Pictured: 10km Dash open winner Christian Lotter with Cook MP Scott Morrison


They ran, jogged and walked for Medical Research.

The annual St.George Bank Beachside Dash on Sunday attracted children and families of all ages on the day.

Medical professors ran side-by-side in support of people receiving chemotherapy treatment.

The event raised much needed funding for medical research.

The Foundation was established in 2007 to support the work of medical researchers at St George and Sutherland hospitals.

Major sponsors were St.George Bank, the St George & Sutherland Shire Leader, Tynan Motors, St George Private Hospital, Novotel Sydney Brighton Beach, Rockdale Council and Highlow Fitness.

Foundation chairman Professor John Edmonds said the event was a great success.

“We had our best ever Dash with good numbers and a great community atmosphere,” he said.

“We reached our fund-raising target and a number of research projects will benefit.”

The Federal Treasurer and Cook MP Scott Morrison congratulated the winners of the 10 kilometre male and female prizes to Christian Lotter (pictured above) and Belinda Martin.

Ms Martin also won the event in 2015.

The five kilometre winners were Lachlan Stanfield (12 years old) and Imogen Stewart (11 years old).

The winners of the two kilometre race were Jake Wade (11 years old) and Alexis Kalamvokis (11 years old).

Once again a huge thank you to the following sponsors as well as to our supporters in alphabetical order:

Cliff Lewis Printing, Endeavour Wellness, F45 Training, Highlow Fitness, Hogs breath Café Brighton Le Sands, Novotel Sydney Brighton Beach, Ramsay Healthcare, Ramsgate RSL, Rockdale City Council, Rotary Hurstville, Rotary International, Runnulla, St.George Bank, St. George Private Hospital, St George Hospital, SES Rockdale City, Sutherland Hospital, The Running Movement, Stellar Profits, Supabarn, St George & Sutherland Shire Leader, 2NBC 90.1fm and Tynan Motors.

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Shout Out!


A huge Shout Out to TVB Australia for including SSMRF as their charity of choice at the Miss Australia Chinese Dinner held on the 23rd September 2016. Thank You also goes to Henry Tang and Zilver Restaurants for hosting this event. This resulted in a generous donation to the Foundation. In addition, a heartfelt Thank You to our newest Ambassador Annie Tang who made this all happen.

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