May 4, 2021

Together we make an impact

Featured Image: John Molnar OAM, Northern Health Foundation Board Chair

On Thursday evening, 29 April, Northern Health Foundation was delighted to host their first face-to-face event for 2021 to thank and acknowledge the generous philanthropic support from our wonderful community.

Held at Seafarers Residences Display Suite in Docklands, the event recognised the work of Northern Health Foundation’s dedicated patrons, corporate partners, philanthropic supporters and volunteers over the past 12 months.

“Here tonight, we celebrate the work of many people who give so generously in support of Northern Health,” said Andrew Williamson, Executive Director Public Affairs and Foundation.

Among the guests included Jennifer Williams AM, Northern Health Board Chair, Siva Sivarajah, Northern Health Chief Executive, Northern Health Board Directors and Northern Health Foundation Board Directors, Northern Health Executive, clinicians and staff, and Northern Health Foundation Patrons, Bev Carman, Josie Minniti and Trudi Hay.

“This event brought together donors, clinicians and grateful patients to highlight that, ‘Together, we make an impact’. It is so rewarding to see our staff being able to personally thank the donors who supported the health service,” said Andrew.

“It is your continued support that helps us provide great care to our community.”

Special thanks to Riverlee, in particular, David Lee and Northern Health Foundation Board Member, Tricia Lee, for hosting the event at their spectacular venue.

“While it has been a challenging year for fundraising – we are thrilled to be able to fund over $622,000 to support Northern Health in providing funds in the areas of teaching, training and research, education, and the purchase of much needed medical equipment across Northern Health,” said John Molnar OAM, Northern Health Foundation Board Chair.

Funds raised includes our major campaign in 2020 to purchase the Endobronchial Ultrasound Service (EBUS) for Northern Health, which will reduce patient wait times for lung cancer stage diagnosis and treatment.

“I would like to extend my sincerest gratitude to all of our generous supporters, patrons, corporate partners, dedicated volunteers, Northern Health staff and everyone who has contributed towards our fundraising efforts through donations, grants and support at our events,” said John.

“We are grateful and honoured that you have chosen us to support and make saving lives possible. I’d also like to thank my fellow Foundation Directors and community fundraisers for their tireless work in supporting the work of Northern Health.”

The evening also included a presentation from Linda Romano, Divisional Director of Surgical Services. Linda spoke about Northern Health Foundation’s current fundraising campaign to support the purchase of new state of the art technology in the field of ophthalmology. This will ensure the latest and most effective technology is available to patients in our community who require cataract surgery.

“We are thrilled to share that a generous family donated $50,000 on the night to launch the campaign,” Andrew explained.

Watch the below video to hear from some of our staff and patients on the impact that this wonderful support has made.

Pina Di Donato, Northern Health Foundation Deputy Chair and Tricia Lee, Northern Health Foundation Board Director
Jennifer Williams AM, Northern Health Board Chair and Siva Sivarajah, Northern Health Chief Executive
Northern Health patient Colin Berryman with wife Angela
Dennis Gyomber, Divisional Director of Surgery and Linda Romano, Divisional Director of Surgery – Nursing
Staff with some of our generous supporters