Supporters roll up for life changing research

Vital funds were recently raised for health and medical research in the Hunter after generous supporters of the Hunter Medical Research Institute (HMRI) rolled up and rolled out a fantastic $105,000 at The Top Hat Ball.

400 guests enjoyed ringside seats at the Honeysuckle Boiler Shop, where local radio personality Garth Russell guided them through the old world spectacle of stilt – walkers, diablo, jugglers, and human pyramids.

HMRI Development Manager Karen Brown said the event, which each year delivers on its promise of something new and different in Newcastle, also celebrates the contribution of people and businesses who invest in medical research.

“This event is a highlight on the Hunter’s social calendar, and is a fun way for our major supporters to celebrate their investment in local health and medical research which, in time, will improve the lives of people in our community and throughout the world,” Mrs Brown said.

Karen extended her thanks to all HMRI supporters – guests, suppliers and sponsors – who came together for the Ball to help fund promising new research in the Hunter.

“We could not continue to make such a significant investment in local research without the support of our major sponsors Autore, Crosbie Warren Sinclair Wealth Management, Gallerie Fine Jewellery, peoplefusion, St George, Newcastle Innovation and Tomago Aluminium as well as the many individuals and businesses who donated auction items or essential services to make the event such a success.

“We value their continued commitment to HMRI, particularly as many people in our community have recently had to make very difficult decisions about where to prioritise their spending. Every dollar donated counts and is so important to ensuring new research continues in the Hunter,” Mrs Brown said.

Money raised at this event is one of the most generous contributions to HMRI’s Annual Grants Round, which provides valuable funding to Hunter researchers.

“This grant funding enables researchers to grow their ideas and attract highly competitive government and industry funding to further their research, that may one day make a difference to the care this community, and the global community receives,” Mrs Brown said.

HMRI is a partnership between Hunter New England Health, the University of Newcastle and the community. It brings together more than 600 health and medical researchers from the University ofNewcastle, Hunter New England Health and Calvary Mater Newcastle.

Media contact: Karen Brown, HMRI Development Manager, phone 0408 465 127.



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