Finding cures for children's genetic diseases


Canberra annual luncheon a resounding success

Age was no barrier at this year’s annual luncheon in Canberra, as ladies dolled up in their best frocks and descended onto the lawns of Lambrigg Homestead in Tharwa. Hosted by Children’s Medical Research Institute’s Canberra’s committee, President Deborah Wicks and her team left no stone unturned in organising this event - and it paid off. There were smiles all round as stories of research success were shared, along with future efforts being undertaken by CMRI researchers. 

Associate Professor Tracy Bryan from CMRI’s Cancer Cell Biology unit gave an inspiring talk on a family with short telomeres (a part of human cells that affect how they age), and the effects this has on them.

The luncheon was also used as an opportunity to publicise a new fundraising initiative scheduled for 2016, which will see Ks for Kids inviting all to walk 5km, 15km, or 30km to encourage funding for research into childhood diseases.

The hard work put in by CMRI committees was recognised, with CMRI Community Relations Manager Jennifer Philps praising the work of the Canberra committee. “President Deborah Wicks and her committee worked tirelessly to make the event a resounding success.”

CMRI was honoured to be presented with a donation totalling $57,243 – a fantastic effort from all those involved.