Finding cures for children's genetic diseases


New wall to honour fundraisers unveiled


A special ceremony was held at Children’s Medical Research to thank some of the most loyal supporters who Director Professor Roger Reddel said were “thinking of the health of children you’ll never meet and to receive a thank you from the researchers you have’’.

A new Honour Wall was unveiled in the foyer of the CMRI building at Westmead.

Dozens of names of businesses and individuals were added to the wall, as well as the dedicated and hard-working fundraising committees from across the state.

President of the CMRI Board Professor Frank Martin said whenever a parent is told there is nothing that can be done for their child, it reminded us all why CMRI exists.

“Your donations are crucial for enabling medical research to happen,’’ Prof Martin said. “Whether buying new equipment and technology, consumables for day to day experiments, or providing a scholarship for a young scientist who will make as yet undreamed of discoveries, your efforts are important.’’

Professor Reddel said CMRI supporters were people who wanted to leave the world a better place.

“We thank you on behalf of the children of NSW, Australia and the rest of the world who will benefit from the research. We’ve chosen a career in research that couldn’t be done without your support.’’

Strathfield Committee President Cona Jones spoke on behalf of all the committees present and acknowledged those who had been volunteers since the beginning of CMRI 60 years ago.

“Children’s Medical Research Institute represents the hopes and dreams of every parent. To have a healthy baby and to see that child grow and flourish to maturity.

“At the end of the day, the committees and every individual member of our committees is making a tangible difference to the future generations of tomorrow. I am sure I can speak for all committees when I say we are all happy to continue our role in fundraising within our communities for this magnificent Institute.’’