October 15, 2019

Trudi’s High Tea at Mandalay Golf Course

It was a gorgeous sunny day at the green Mandalay Golf Club last Friday, where Trudi Hay held her Cancer High Tea, a fundraising event aimed to support the purchase of scalp cooling machines for Craigieburn Centre.

Trudi is a Northern Health Foundation Board Member and has been a dedicated supporter of our cancer services for ten years.

In an emotion-packed event, one of the guests, Shane Pope, shared a personal story of his wife’s breast cancer journey and how the scalp cooling machine helped her.

“It was important for her not to lose all her hair, and it was then I realised how important these machines are for cancer patients,” he said.

“Trudi is a wonderful supporter of Northern Health and, in particular, a champion in raising funds for our oncology services. We truly appreciate her energy and enthusiasm,” said Andrew Williamson, Executive Director Public Affairs and Foundation.

Northern Hospital representatives, Linda Romano – Divisional Director Surgical Services, Ros Payne – Director of Nursing, Melissa Gwynne – Day Oncology Nurse Unit Manager and Samantha Soggee – Ward 3 Nurse Unit Manager, enjoyed the event and even won some prizes!

“The afternoon was lovely. I was really humbled to be part of such a heartfelt cause, raising much needed funds to support our community during a very emotional and stressful time in many patients lives. The positive atmosphere within the room was wonderful and an event I am looking forward to attending again,” Linda said.

Melissa added: “The High Tea was a great event as always – Trudi does an amazing job! The funds raised will be an incredible service improvement allowing us to purchase a scalp cooler for our Craigieburn patients receiving cancer treatment.”

The High Tea sold out days in advance with more than 70 guests generously donating to the cause. The event, together with the generous donation from Core Projects, raised $10,000 for a new scalp cooling machine.

Featured Image (left to right): Trudi Hay, Steve Hay, Nicki Hay and James Thomas from Core Projects