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Wagga Committee breaks 32 year fundraising record

Children’s Medical Research Institute has been awarded a cheque of $55,000 following the success of this year’s annual Christmas Fair held by the Wagga Committee.

Dr Sonja Frolich, a scientist working in the Genome Integrity Group, known as “The Wagga Lab” within the Institute, was presented the donation during a presentation at the Riverine Club in Wagga Wagga. The donation breaks a 32 year fundraising record.

President of the Wagga Committee, Fiona Hamilton, said “It takes our committee of volunteers six months of hard work and organising to make sure the Fair is exciting, enjoyable and above all raises as much as possible for CMRI.  As one of the largest annual community fundraising activities donating to the Institute, it is so rewarding to the Committee and other local stakeholders to know the Fair is still getting bigger and better and our donation is growing”, she said.

Many remarkable women have been involved with the Wagga Committee of CMRI since its inception in 1983 and much has changed.  

Founding President and member for 32 years, Libby Lamont, said “It’s been a lot of fun and a lot of hard work, and it is incredible to see what we are achieving today.”

Check out the video below featuring Dr. Frolich discussing the impact the Wagga Committee's support has on the work CMRI's Genome Integrity is able to conduct.