The Margaret Pratt Foundation

Winter Newsletter 2003 PDF Print
President's Message

Hello everyone. It's the middle of winter and the Committees are having a well earned break. Since January it has been a very busy and exciting time for the Foundation with the Event and Progressive committees working tirelessly to put on the Diamond Dinner. On Saturday May 24, almost 400 people enjoyed a fantastic night at the Grand Hyatt. This will be remembered as one of our most successful events with more than $70,000 being raised on the night! What an outstanding effort. Support for this event can only be described as overwhelming and the Foundation thanks each and every one of you for your generosity.

I would also like to express my personal thanks to the committee members, volunteers and Belinda Doery for a job extremely well done.

It was very gratifying to see Kevin Roderick at the Dinner as it was his first "outing" from hospital since his single lung transplant.

Congratulations to Kerryn Dole who was the lucky winner of the 1 carat diamond from Precious metals.

Thanks go to Bakers Delight, Rodpak, Tattersall's and to Natio who provided a beautiful gift for every guest. The table prizes were donated by Wine Cru.

The Margaret Pratt Foundation's 2003 appeal to raise $65,000 has now reached $80,000.

The lung transplant team at The Alfred Hospital carried out nearly 50 lung transplants in 2002. The lung transplant unit is the largest in Australia and one of the biggest in the world.

24 heart and 4 heart and lung transplants were performed during 2002.

I am delighted to let you all know that you can now visit The Margaret Pratt Foundation website at

My thanks go to Emma Williams of goodcompany, Karen Trapini and Derek Farley of eknowhow for their generosity in setting up the web site.

Thank you, thank you, and thank you to all those generous donors who continue to support the work of the Foundation. Each and every one of you is truly appreciated for your generous contributions to the Margaret Pratt Foundation. This ensures that the important research can continue so as to improve out comes for heart and lung transplant recipients.


Diamond Dinner and Auction              

The MPF held its major fund raising event at the Grand Hyatt Melbourne on Saturday evening 24th May 2002.

With an overwhelming response to the exquisite invitations (designed by Michael Brownjohn from Bakers Delight) the night was sold out 4 weeks prior. Nearly 400 people squeezed into the Ballroom at the Grand Hyatt and proceeded to drink, eat and spend.

Even before the doors were opened to the Ballroom, there was a great deal happening in the foyer: the sale of the glasses of bubbly (with the one in a hundred chance of winning a diamond - donated by Precious Metals), the display of the silent auction items, (bidding started early and was unbelievably brisk) and the display of the major auction items.

The night was a balance of fun, frivolity and seriousness; MC Lynne Cazaly had some of the guests a little perplexed while Tony Charlton ( The Alfred Foundation) and Trevor Williams (Clinical Services Director of the Alfred Hospital) spoke of the work of the MPF and the Transplant Unit at the Alfred Hospital. The Singing Waiters: Alfredo (from Italy), Pierre (French through and through) and Bruce (dinki-di Aussie) sang beautifully and also waited on tables. They delighted all there and apart from singing and waiting tables they flirted outrageously with all the women. Not only did the diamond sparkle but so to did Amanda and Jason Garner as they performed the rumba.

The major auction items were incredibly varied and much sought after. Bidding was fierce so congratulations to the lucky winners. The items ranged from a still-life by acclaimed local artist Julie Davidson to a flight in a Helicopter and MIG jet. Philip de Fegely was exuberant, entertaining and a complete master in his role as auctioneer.

There was also vigorous bidding for the silent auction items; over 120 in total.

There were also lucky winners who just happened to be sitting in the right place at the right time. Many went home with far more than when they arrived!

Nights like these do not just happen and the generosity of those who donated auction items and who donated their time and skill can not be thanked enough. But the true worth of a night rests with those who attend. There was a wonderful atmosphere; everyone caught the spirit of the night - one of giving to a most worthy cause but also one of fun and light-heartedness.

Rotary" Lends a Hand" to Research

The rotary clubs of Victoria continue to support the aims of The Margaret Pratt Foundation. Thanks go to the clubs of Malvern and St Kilda for their generous donations.

If you belong to Rotary and would like Margaret to speak at your club please contact the Foundation on 9827 5068 or email A.C.Pratt

Celebrating 150 years community service

Joseph Allison commenced trading as a Funeral Director in 1853 and W D Rose in 1889.The two businesses came together in the 1970's to better serve the people of Melbourne and the company is proud to be totally Australian owned.

This year the company celebrates 150 years of continuous service to the community.

The professional staff of W D Rose & Joseph Allison Funerals have many years experience in providing compassionate and understanding service to families in need. Chapel facilities are located at eight branches across Melbourne, at Burwood, Brighton, Cheltenham, Mornington, Carlton, Brunswick, Essendon and Werribee.

W D Rose and Joseph Allison proudly support The Margaret Pratt Foundation and will be holding a Charity Dinner in May 2004 to raise money for the Foundation.

Research Grants

Your generosity this year and support of the Diamond Dinner have helped us to exceed our goal of $65,000 and in total to date donations have reached $80,000.

Due to exceeding our 2003 target, the Foundation will be able to fund 2 projects throughout 2003.

Chronic Lung Rejection

$65,000 will be granted to the Department of Respiratory Medicine at the Alfred Hospital.

Dr Ling Zheng is pivotal to the research efforts of the lung transplant research unit and the Margaret Pratt Foundation will be supporting her position as Laboratory Manager. Dr Zheng's investigations into airway inflammation and airway obstruction, that can lead to lung rejection, has advanced the understanding of this most difficult and devastating problem.

It is hoped that Dr Zheng's research will lead to the development of early detection methods of deteriorating lung function and the implementation of useful therapeutic interventions.
Donor Lung Preservation

$10,000 will be given to The Cardiothoracic Surgical Unit at the Alfred Hospital.

Dr Takahiro Oto is currently a Cardiothoracic Fellow with this department.

He has been involved with the lung transplant program in Japan and will be working on donor lung preservation for transplantation. It is believed that improved knowledge in this area will enhance the recovery of patients after lung transplantation.

Dr Oto has been living in Melbourne for 2 years and is married with 2 children.
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