The strawberries are growing, the ice cream is in the freezer, and our volunteers are gearing up for 10 days of excitement at this year’s Royal Queensland Show! Every year The Prince Charles Hospital Foundation sells the EKKA Strawberry Sundaes, and we’re now less than a month out from the event.
While it’s easy to get distracted by the food and amusements, it’s really about one thing for us: supporting our researchers and raising crucial funds to help them carry out their life-saving work. We have an incredible team of both young and experienced clinicians, doctors and engineers at the hospital that dedicate their entire careers to improving treatments for patients, and look into some of the biggest medical mysteries we’re faced with every day.
Whether it’s looking into better ways to transplant lungs, discovering new heart disease treatments or pioneering a world-first brain scan for early detection of dementia, every ice cream you buy this year is going to a good cause. We hope to sell enough Strawberry Sundaes in 2016 to power over 4,000 hours of medical research.
We still need plenty of volunteers to help with the event (particularly the night shifts), so if you can spare a few hours between August 5th and 14th we would love to have you on board! Head to our website to register!
This Saturday join us for a friendly game of soccer, with the Transplant Australia Football Club versing staff and researchers from The Prince Charles and Princess Alexandra Hospitals. For just a small donation, you can come along and support both sides of the game; those celebrating their second chance at life, and those working hard saving lives.
Organ donation still remains a major priority in Australia, with up to 1,500 people on the transplant waiting list at any one time. The only way we can battle these statistics is by increasing awareness and focussing our efforts on researching new organ transplant technologies.
The Transplant Australia Football team match commences at 5pm and will be the curtain raiser for the Brisbane City and Western Pride Australian Premier League match, at Spencer Park Newmarket. A portion of the proceeds from the match will be going to crucial organ transplant research at The Prince Charles Hospital.
We hope to see you there!
There are few people who can claim they’ve had as an exciting career as Kerry O’Brien. The renowned journalist of fifty years has been around the world for his work, interviewing the likes of Nelson Mandela, Bette Midler and Robin Williams for his roles on The 7:30 Report and Four Corners.
The Foundation was fortunate enough to have Mr O’Brien join us as keynote speaker for our Life & Times Function last week. Hosted by board chair Bernard Curran, it included corporate partners, friends and supporters of The Common Good, all coming together to hear about the incredible leadership and inspiring journey of Kerry O’Brien. Mr O'Brien was also announced as a new ambassador for our initiative, The Common Good.
Guests were also able to hear about some of the breakthrough, life-changing research being carried out by Dr Eamonn Eeles. Collaborating with CSIRO and other major stakeholders, Dr Eeles is part of a major dementia research project, looking at new ways to scan for early onset of the horrible disease.
A huge thank you to everyone who was involved in the planning and running of the event, and a special thanks to BDO, Hentley Farm and Dello Mano, for providing the venue, refreshments and small gifts for all of our guests.
You can read more about Dr Eeles’ dementia research and support the project here.