January 19, 2023

Racing for Northern Health cancer services

Northern Health Foundation Patron, Bev Carman, is a passionate fundraiser. She is passionate about making a difference to the Northern Health community and she loves nothing more than bringing together a great bunch of people in support of a terrific cause. She is well known for hosting an annual race day, one of the highlights of the Foundation’s fundraising calendar.

As the temperature soared last Saturday, guests at Northern Health Foundation Race Day were treated to a great day out at Kilmore Racing Club. More than 100 guests enjoyed a beautiful meal overlooking the race track.

Each race was generously sponsored by supporters of Bev and the Foundation. Our sincere thanks to the following sponsors:• Peter and Kerrie McWilliam and family
• John Molnar OAM – Midwinters Lawyers
• Greg Stute – Verandah Solutions
• Wendy Ward – Epping Plaza Hotel
• Professor Peter Brooks – Northern Health Research Team
• Ben Murphy – Kilmore Racing Club

While a great day was had by all, the real beneficiary of this event is Northern Health’s cancer services. Over the years, Bev’s events have contributed to the funding of some very important equipment. Her focus has always been on how she can make a difference to patients who are on their cancer journey. Scalp cooling machine, new patient chemotherapy chairs and blanket warmers have been some of outcomes of her fundraising efforts.

John Molnar OAM spoke of Bev’s long-standing commitment to Northern Health Foundation, saying, “the Foundation is extremely grateful to have people like Bev out in the community fundraising so that our patients can have access to better equipment.”

In his speech to guests, Professor Peter Brooks, Research Lead and Northern Health, also expressed his gratitude to Bev and her supporters. Timed to coincide with the next race, which was sponsored by the Northern Health Research Team, Peter took the opportunity to talk about the Victoria Virtual Emergency Department (VVED), an initiative born out of Northern Health.

“The VVED is a great example of what can be achieved with an investment in research,” Peter said.

Bev Carman is extremely grateful to everyone who attended the Race Day, saying, “After three years of cancellations due to COVID-19 and floods, and despite the soaring heat this year, those who attended the event were so supportive. Many of them have promised to come back next time because they had such a great day and really want to be part of giving back to the health service.”

With another successful event under her belt, Bev looks forward to hosting a race day later this year at Kilmore. “Thank you to Kilmore Racing Club for all the work they put into this event. They are wonderful to deal with and the day would not have been as successful without their hard work and support,” said Bev.

Bev is always looking for more sponsors. “There is always room for more race sponsors. I hope we can have more people next time. It is a great day out and we are supporting a good cause.”