Published On 26 June 2019 at 01:05 PM
Sutherland Shire Mayor, Councillor Carmelo Pesce has proudly presented a cheque for $20,025 to the St George & Sutherland Medical Research Foundation (SSMRF), this year’s charity for the 43rd Sutherland Shire Mayoral Debutante Charity Ball.
Established in 2007, the SSMRF offers medical research grant funding to assist doctors and other health professionals in conducting medical research at The Sutherland Hospital and St George Hospital with the aim to improve care and outcomes for patients and the wider community.
“Each year I nominate the community charity we support through the Ball and I’m proud that this year’s funds will go towards medical research at The Sutherland Hospital and St George Hospital,” said Sutherland Shire Mayor, Councillor Carmelo Pesce.
“The Ball is a long-standing tradition that began in 1976 with a Debutante Ball to officially open the new Sutherland Entertainment Centre and it remains one of the premier events on our calendar,”
“It’s such a fantastic and enjoyable event to celebrate the achievements of our young people in supporting a worthy local charity and it wasn’t a surprise to see over 280 people in attendance at this year’s event.”
16 young couples, including four couples from CIVIC Disabilities, joined the event late last month, providing an inclusive environment for young people to give back to their community.
“One of the foundation’s main objectives is to support the next generation of researchers by providing vital seed funding of between $20,000 and $50,000 to get a great research idea off the ground,” said Jacqui Stratford, CEO SSMRF.
“On behalf of the foundation I would like to thank the Mayor and the Council for the opportunity be part of such a wonderful event that brings the Sutherland Shire community together,” Ms Stratford added.
The event saw school communities, local charities, not-for-profits, the business community and political representatives all come together for the cause.
Associate Professor Peter Gonski, Director, Aged Care and Rehabilitation, Sutherland Hospital and South Eastern Sydney Local Health District and SSMRF Board Member, said we should all be proud of young people making the effort to help raise money for this important foundation.
"Research in our local hospitals saves and improves the quality of lives, and encourages the best people to work with us,” Associate Professor Gonski said.