Support our discoveries
Community support plays a vital role in funding IHMRI’s research. Through your support, IHMRI is able to work with world
leaders in research finding cures, treatment and prevention strategies for people living with diabetes, kidney disease, cancer, Parkinson’s Disease and mental health disorders.
Donations of $2 and over are fully tax deductible.
We are registered as a charity with the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission.
Oak Flats Lioness Club
For 35 years, the Oak Flats Lioness Club have raised funds for a variety of local causes with a particular focus on research. Secretary of the Oak Flats Lioness Club, Robyn Clarkson, explains their reason to hold a Trivia Night to raise funds for pancreatic research in May 2019, “my best friend of 40 years was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and died soon afterwards. We wanted to support pancreatic cancer research because it doesn’t get as much attention as other diseases.” They have held a trivia night fundraiser for the motor neurone disease research, pancreatic cancer research and also a Duck Derby in November 2019 to support Dementia research.
Illawarra Cancer Carers
Over the past 10 years, the ICC have donated more than $1 million for cancer research at IHMRI. For President of the ICC, Sue Maidman, the donations to IHMRI are a long-term commitment to the health of future generations. “The research they are doing is going to help our children and grandchildren,” said Sue. The Illawarra Cancer Carers hold fundraisers most weeks such as market stalls, car boot sales, cake sales, raffles and events, including an annual lunch, Banquet at the Beach.
Kylie Kelly is a family friend of Professor Justin Yerbury and wanted to do something to support his research. Justin’s research team were all in attendance along with close family and friends and 300 other Illawarra locals. Kylie met with the IHMRI communications team and was supported throughout the process of organising the event. With support from all across the Illawarra the event went on to raise $17,000 to go towards MND research at IHMRI.
The Great Illawarra Walk
March 7, 2020 saw the third Great Illawarra Walk held to support IHMRI’s research in to Vanishing White Matter Disease (VWMD) a rare genetic disorder that affects the nervous system, causing problems with movement and mental functioning. IHMRI’s Associate Professor Lezanne Ooi is carrying out vital research into VWMD which will help Chloe Saxby, a local Illawarra girl who is living with VWMD. This year the Great Illawarra Walk team and Saving Chloe Saxby raised over $125,000 to allow this research to continue.