Dear friends, thank you for your support and generosity.
Thank you for your support and generosity towards the NELUNE Foundation throughout 2016.
We achieved a number of milestones this year and wish to acknowledge your commitment and ongoing support towards the work we do.
• We made our final payment towards the completion of the Nelune Comprehensive Cancer Centre in Randwick in the Bright Alliance Building.
• Donated $1m towards establishing a new Bone Marrow Transplant Ward at St Vincent's Hospital (a first of its kind in Australia - over the past 40 years, patients have mainly been treated in a general ward in the public hospital. Bone marrow transplantation is a stressful and difficult time for patients with blood cancers. Doctors are now confronted with the increasing problem of infections in patients (with blood cancers) which are resistant to multiple antibiotics. We can help combat this problem with the use of single rooms for all patients in the ward rather than patients sharing.
This new ward will provide protective isolation rooms with "negative" airflow, to minimise the risk of infection when transplant patients are at their most vulnerable.)
• Donated 3 portable dialysis machines to ICU at St Vincent's Hospital (The ICU at St Vincent's Hospital were in urgent need of replacing their current machines. This next-generation technology treats critically ill patients who have developed acute kidney injury, removing a build-up of waste products in the blood to allow the body to keep the right balance of fluid).
• Transported over 500 patients to hospitals in Sydney Metro area (St Vincent's Hospital, Sydney Kids Hospital, Westmead Children's Hospital, Prince of Wales Randwick, St George Hospital Kogarah, Royal Prince Alfred, Ryde Hospital, Bankstown and Canterbury and Liverpool Hospitals)
• Established the inaugural Rebecca Wilson Breast Cancer Research Fellowship at the Garvan Medical Research Institute ( by funding this Fellowship means one of Australia's brightest research talents will return from US
The Garvan Institute of Medical Research is proud to be the recipient of the Rebecca Wilson Fellowship in Breast Cancer Research. This fellowship, generously funded by the NELUNE Foundation, is awarded to a young female scientist at Garvan, and is a lasting legacy to sports journalist, the late Rebecca Wilson. The recipient of this Fellowship is Dr Christine Chaffer, a gifted breast cancer researcher who will be returning to Australia from the United States to take up this important role.)
Thank you once again for your enormous support and generosity. We would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a happy festive season and all the best for 2017.