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Canberra Committee continues to boost research

Lorimer Dods Professor and Director of Children’s Medical Research Institute Roger Reddel was delighted to accept a $70,000 cheque from the President of the Canberra Committee Carolyn Forster OAM for the group’s recent annual fundraising lunch held at Government House, Canberra.  Mrs Forster is also Vice-President of the CMRI Board.

Professor Reddel said, “Our 25 committees provide invaluable support to the Institute.  We’re very grateful for their boundless energy and commitment to our research. 

“Our Canberra Committee has raised more than $1.5 million over the past 50 years through various fundraising initiatives – an exceptional achievement!  Their annual lunch is one of many ways they reach out and connect with the community to inform them about our research activities as well as raise vital funds.”

Proceeds of the annual lunch will directly support the Institute’s four key research areas: cancer, embryology, gene therapy and neuroscience.

The annual fundraising lunch was held in the gardens of Government House in November 2010 and attended by 500 people, including CMRI scientists.  On the day of the event, guests were able to lunch informally on the grounds of Government House and purchase cakes, preserves and crafts from stalls.

According to Mrs Forster, it was a splendid day and the Canberra Committee is very grateful to Her Excellency the Governor General Ms Quentin Bryce AC who officially welcomed guests and took part in the event.