As we prepare for the busy holiday period here at Chris O’Brien Lifehouse, the incredible efforts of our community have not gone unrecognized. November has been a month full of remarkable fundraising, heartwarming tributes and well-deserved recognition of our staff. Here’s what you may have missed:
SunStudio’s annual ‘This Time it’s Personal’ exhibition has been in action this month and has been a huge success. In exciting news, you can now purchase the stunning prints from the exhibition online. If you are unable make it to this year’s showcase, which runs until December 15, you can still purchase one of 100 unique prints which were recently featured in The Guardian. All funds raised are donated to Lifehouse. The Inner West Courier featured the exhibition as ‘Art for a Great Cause’ in its What’s On section on the third of December
The NSW Jewish board of Deputies (JBOD) dedicated their monthly plenum in memory of their former president, the late Jeremy Spinak. November marks the one year anniversary of his death from a rare form of cancer, but his spirit of collegiality lives on in the Jewish and the Lifehouse community. The night saw the announcement of the new Garvan Weizmann fellowship in Jeremy’s name, which has a focus on the genetics of Crohn’s disease and the relationship between autoimmune diseases and cancer.
The Matraville Sports Centre posted a tribute following the sad passing of the father of former Australian tennis champion, Todd Reid. Mr Reid was an inspiration to his community through his involvement in the police force, surf lifesaving and his passion for tennis. The tribute asked people to consider donating to Lifehouse in lieu of flowers.
The good men’s project recoginised the incredible development of the CancerAid app by Lifehouse oncologists Dr Raghav Murali-Ganesh and Dr Nikhil Pooviah. CancerAid empowers patients and caregivers as it allows them to track their symptoms, emotions and appointments, whilst keeping connected to family, friends and the global community. The app was launched in 2016 and has since been ranked the number one cancer app in Australia, the US and the UK.
And a huge congratulations to our medical physics team who received an Australian Council on Healthcare Standards (ACHS) quality improvement award in partnership with RPA hospital. The Lifehouse and RPA team was one of three final winners, taking out the non-clinical service delivery award for their ‘Collaboration and Development of an Innovative Total Body Irradiation (TBI) Bed for the Best Patient Care’. The ACHS deliver these awards each year to recognise efforts going into delivering innovative and effective solutions in healthcare that create substantial improvements for patients.
Image credit: Daniele Massacci, SUNSTUDIOS.