The Strathfield Committee started in 1959 when five local women, whose husbands (including Dr John Harley, who later became Director of CMRI) were working with Sir Lorimer Dods at the RAHC, decided to form a committee to raise funds for the Children’s Medical Research Foundation, as it was known then. Most of the members came from Strathfield originally, but today members come from a wide area.
Over the years the committee have hosted many fundraising events including, quiz nights, golf days, theatre parties, luncheons with interesting speakers and selling Jeans for Genes Day merchandise.
“A memory of the past was the possible disaster when we had a packed audience eagerly awaiting the arrival of a well-known wine taster who bowed out at the 11th hour due to laryngitis. Our President’s husband stepped into the breech and it turned out to be a hilarious success with copious volumes of wine purchased”