On Thursday 7th August the Lilyroo Fund held its launch night at The Beach hotel in Albert Park, Melbourne. The night was a tremendous success with approximately 70 people, from Melbourne, Sydney and New Zealand, attending to celebrate the achievements of the Lilyroo Fund, and the announcement of our major fundraising event for the year: the Lilyroo Ride.
Kristie and Pete spoke about their beautiful daughter Lily, why they chose to start the Lilyroo Fund and were overwhelmed to announce that a staggering $21,566.50 had been raised since the fund was established in early April. A resuscitation system like the two bought with the first $10,000 raised by the fund was supplied by the Women’s. When thanking everyone for their donations, Kristie and Pete revealed that 53% of the donations had come from anonymous donors. If any anonymous donors are reading this post, we would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your support and your donation.
Our guest speaker, A/Prof Carl Kuschel, Medical Director Neonatal Services at the Royal Women’s Hospital, then spoke about the work he and his team do in the NISC unit. He spoke about the importance of funds like Lilyroo to the Women’s. Kristie and Pete were extremely happy that all those at the launch got to meet Carl and hear him speak, and find out how the money donated to the Lilyroo Fund is used and what a huge difference it will make to premature babies.
Lilyroo Fund committee member Mark Watkin then launched the Lilyroo Ride: a 1068 km 7-day charity bicycle tour from Women’s and Children’s Hospital, Adelaide to the Royal Women’s Hospital, Melbourne. Sign up forms for the night were available with many interested riders, volunteers and sponsors filling them in on the night and even more taking them away to complete later.
Melissa Hegedis and Amy Peel, from the Royal Women’s Hospital Foundation, ran a raffle on the night with prizes donated by Lilyroo Fund launch night sponsors Lifebroker and The Acupuncture Company. $670 was raised from the raffle with all proceeds going to the Lilyroo Fund.
The Lilyroo Fund would like to thank everyone for coming to their launch night and making it such a success. We would particularly like to thank our launch night sponsors:
- Jenna, Tory and The Acupuncture Company for donating three fantastic health treatments as raffle prizes
- The Beach hotel for giving us a fantastic deal on their venue hire
- BWM for producing the poster boards we had on display
- Lifebroker for donating an AFL Sherrin football signed by the inaugural 2012 GWS Giants team and a GWS Giants guernsey signed by the 2014 team as raffle prizes
- Steve Lingard from Slingard Studios for donating his photographic services for the night
A big thank you to Carl, Melissa and Amy and Sue Morisset (Foundation Manager) from the Women’s for generously donating your time and providing all the equipment and banners.
Finally a big thank you to the Lilyroo Fund committee, particularly Michael Clayton, for all the countless hours they put in making the launch night possible.
If you or anyone you know is interested in riding in or supporting the Lilyroo Ride you can find out more details here.
More photos from our launch night can be seen on our Facebook page.