November 21, 2023

Fun-raising for a good cause

Northern Health Foundation was established in 2005 to care for the needs of a growing northern community. Throughout this time, the Foundation has celebrated countless achievements, many of which have been due to the hard work and dedication of the incredible patrons who tirelessly fundraise for Cancer Services at Northern Health: Bev Carman, Trudi Hay and Josie Minniti OAM.

Throughout the months of October and November this year, Bev, Trudi and Josie individually hosted their special fundraising events, each in the name of a good cause.

On 13 October, the Northern Health Foundation team joined Trudi and her guests at her High Tea event at Mandalay Golf Club. Given that October was Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Trudi’s event was the perfect opportunity to turn the spotlight to Northern Health’s Cancer Services, and in particular, promote awareness about breast cancer. The beautiful event raised over $13,000 for cancer services at Northern Health.

Josie Minniti OAM hosted her 26th annual Dinner Dance on Saturday, 28 October. This is a popular yearly event, attended by guests who are passionate about making a difference through fundraising. The event, which featured Northern Health oncologist, Dr Frances Barnett, as special guest speaker, raised funds for cancer services at Northern Health. Josie’s unwavering support and the generosity of her guests over the years has helped provide essential resources and care for individuals and families affected by cancer.

What started out as a cold Oak’s Day morning turned into a beautiful, sunny afternoon at Kilmore Racing Club. On Thursday, 9 November, Bev Carman hosted a beautiful Oak’s Day luncheon, which included the highly-anticipated Fashion on the Field parade. Guests strutted their stuff down the runway in support of raising funds for cancer. Thank you, Bev, for your display of kindness and dedication to those battling this disease with yet another successful event which raised over $7,000.

Executive Director of Public Affairs and Foundation, Pina Di Donato, was privileged to attend the three events and expressed gratitude for the unwavering commitment and selfless efforts of the three patrons.

“We are very fortunate to have such amazing support from our patrons. Not only have their efforts over the years touched many lives, but they have created a ripple of hope throughout our northern community. It is with immense gratitude that we extend our sincere thanks to each patron who has devoted time, energy, and passion to make a difference in the lives of those affected by cancer.”

“Proceeds from the three events will enable work to begin on the very first Cancer Wellness Room for our health service. This is a very exciting time at Northern Health,” says Pina Di Donato.

We look forward to seeing the impact of their fundraising efforts continue to make a positive difference to our patients, staff, and our community.