Funds a boost for re­searchers

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Health - By KATE LEAVER

A LONG-TERM fundrais­ing cam­paign spear­headed by Beth Jancec, of Stir­ling, has re­sulted in a sig­nif­i­cant boost for re­search done by the Fiona Wood Foun­da­tion.

Mrs Jancec started the Freema­sons WA women’s group af­ter her hus­band Steven was named as the fra­ter­nity’s Grand Mas­ter in Oc­to­ber 2012.

At a women’s break­fast event on Oc­to­ber 23, she pre­sented Pro­fes­sor Fiona Wood with a cheque for $52,500, money raised specif­i­cally to help the Foun­da­tion in re­tain­ing its young re­searchers who fo­cus on ev­ery pos­si­ble as­pect of the phys­i­cal and emo­tional treat­ment of burns vic­tims.

Prof Wood planned her ap­pear­ance at the func­tion metic­u­lously, re­turn­ing early from an in­ter­na­tional event to at­tend, be­fore rush­ing off to her next ap­point­ment in what was a typ­i­cally hec­tic day.

The fundrais­ing be­gan with a Mad Hat­ters’ Af­ter­noon Tea in South Perth. Other ma­jor events in­cluded two sausage siz­zles at Bun­nings Bal­catta and a city fash­ion pa­rade sup­ported by sev­eral lo­cal fash­ion houses.

Prof Wood was thrilled with the re­sult.

“It was a lot of hard work by a lot of women and a few men,” she said.

Mrs Jancec said Prof Wood’s work was in­spi­ra­tional.

“When we started, we had more mod­est ob­jec­tives, but once we got rolling, we set our sights on that $50,000 mark and ev­ery one of us was ab­so­lutely de­lighted that it was achieved,” she said.

“There’s no price you can put on the im­por­tance and value of re­search and ev­ery­one who con­trib­uted to the fundrais­ing can be jus­ti­fi­ably proud.”

The fundraiser comes af­ter the lo­cal com­mu­nity ral­lied around sup­port a Dou­ble­view tod­dler who was al­legedly set on fire by her fa­ther in Au­gust.

The four-year-old girl is at Princess Mar­garet Hos­pi­tal be­ing treated for se­ri­ous burns.

Prof Wood helped treat the girl, who un­der­went skin grafts and blood trans­fu­sions.

Freema­sons women Shel­ley Stokes, Kay Pad­dick, Lynn Nichols, Prof Fiona Wood, Beth Jancec, Jenni McDowall and Jenny Breeden.

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