The Margaret Pratt Foundation

2009 News and Events PDF Print




The Foundation continues to support The Alfred


Margaret Pratt passed away peacefully at her home in September 2009 but her giving spirit continues to live through her Foundation and its generous support of The Alfred. 

A former patient of The Alfred and the first person to undergo three double lung transplants, Margaret was passionate about improving the survival rates of lung transplant recipients. The Margaret Pratt Foundation was set up soon after her first double lung transplant and supports the Alfred’s leading work in transplantation research. 

Its support of the hospital continued in 2010 when Margaret’s husband and co-founder of the Foundation, Tony Pratt, and the Foundation Committee Chairperson, Ann Cohn, presented a cheque for over $110,000 for lung transplant research at The Alfred. 

This wonderful donation will help continue to fund many research projects taking place in Allergy, Immunology and Respiratory Medicine. “An active research program has been developed in collaboration with the clinical service at The Alfred, which is focused on extending the life expectancy and improving quality of life for transplant recipients. The Margaret Pratt Foundation is proud to support these research programs”, Ann Cohn said. 

The Alfred would like to thank the Margaret Pratt Foundation for their generosity and ongoing support of our work. 

Caption: Clinical Director of Allergy, Immunology and Respiratory Medicine Professor Trevor Williams, MPF Chairperson Ann Cohn, and MPF co-Founder Tony Pratt.



Carols in the Vineyard


Due to Popular Demand the MPF held a second Carols in the Vineyard event on Sunday 6 December 2009 with tremendous success! 

Attendees soaked up the sun at Coppin Grove Wines in Hawthorn, listening to the beautiful sounds of the Melbourne Welsh Male Voice Choir, and vocal soloist Jess Young. 

A Silent Auction and Christmas Gift & Produce Stalls were also on hand, allowing everyone to indulge in some festive shopping & explore one of Melbourne's best kept secrets. 



Lunch at the Beachcomber

The Beachcomber at St Kilda Baths was the venue for a wonderful lunch on the 15th July 2009 which raised $3450 in support of the work of the Foundation.

Melbourne produced a stunning winter's day and the guests enjoyed drinks and nibbles over lookinh a sparkling Port Philip Bay.   The tables were decorated beautifully by committee members Barb Pratt and Marie Greene and their team.  The food was plentiful and delicious.  Neil Stacey and his staff certainly went the extra mile to make sure the guests enjoyed the afternoon and we thank them most sincerely for their skill and attention to detail which helped make the function such a success.

Rob McGeary and MPF's own Gordon Jenkins entertained the guests with tall tales of daring do, rain, heat, sweat and struggle on the Kokoda Trail.  And that was just day one!!!  Gordon was inspired to undertake this trek by his wife Wendy who received a life saving double lung transplant at the Alfred Hospital.  In undertaking this test of endurance he hoped to raise awareness of the need for on-going research to prevent rejection of organ transplants.  Undoubtedly he succeeded!!

A beautiful quilt was made and donated by Edwina Stewart was raffled in the weeks prior to the function and the raffle drawn at the lunch.  Congratulations to the lucky winner and thank you to Edwina for her generosity.  The raffle raised $1800 for the Foundation.



The Ark Clothing Company

40 Foundation supporters learnt how to "accessorise, minimize and disguise" when they attended a workshop at The Ark Clothing Company in Malvern road on Thursday May 21st.  The enthusiastic staff at The Ark convinced us the "flesh is our friend" and that sticking to a single colour pallet and then "accessorising, accessorising, acessorising" was the way to go.  The evening also featured advice on how to pack for overseas travel and what those gals for into a carry on bag had to be seen to be believed!!  

Thank you to Edwina Stewart for organising the evening which raised a magnificient $1266 for the Foundation and sent most of us home with additions to our wardrobes, loving our shape and with a fresh realisation that we have all the right bits to enable us to enjoy life!!

Thank you also to Kerry Alderuccio Operations Manager of The Ark for her generous donation of vouchers for our supporters. 



Mother's Day Afternoon Tea

Ten members of the Tregonning and Dixon families celebrated Mother's Day 2009 with a wine tasting and a delicious afternoon tea at Coppin Grove Wines.

Thank you to Dr Ken Tregonning for his generous support of the Margaret Pratt Foundation in purchasing this treat for his family at the "Chip for Charity" silent auction in December 2008.

A further thank you to the families for their support of our "Carols in the Vineyard" on 6th December 2009 with a generouse donation of goods for the Christmas stall.


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