A message from our CEO

It has been a busy start to the year at St Vincent’s Hospitals with some very significant milestones to celebrate thanks to the wonderful support of our donor family. The Australian first tricuspid valve implant by Prof David Muller and the Interventional Cardiology team was only made possible through the ongoing contributions of donors to the Heart Lung Innovation Fund led by visionary donor Les Schirato AM.

In March we launched the fundraising campaign to raise at least $7 million for new Interventional Cardiology labs to support the world-leading work of the team. Unfortunately, the long-term effects of Covid-19 continue to impact many in our community and St Vincent’s Hospital is leading the way in research and care of these patients through the ADAPT study and the Long COVID clinic. We are grateful to Matt and Clare Handbury and the Handbury Foundation for their funding of the Respiratory Long COVID Fellowship, which will be vital in collecting essential data and supporting our research.

We are also grateful to all those who supported our Healing, Hope and Humanity Christmas Appeal. Through your generous contributions, $147,000 was raised to assist St Vincent’s Hospital in our mission to provide the best possible care to patients unable to afford lifesaving treatments.

In March, our dedicated community fundraiser Gary Meyers walked more than 320 kms from Sydney to Canberra where he was welcomed at Government House by His Excellence General the Honourable David John Hurley AC, DSC (Retd) and Mrs Linda Hurley and Foundation Board Chairman Richard Haddock AO and Mrs Katy Haddock. Gary raised $83,000 for the St Vincent’s Cardiac Rehabilitation Unit, a wonderful outcome of his outstanding commitment to the work of our Hospitals. Thank you, Gary. As we say at St Vincent’s “everybody matters and every gift counts.”

I look forward to seeing you at one of our upcoming events and thank you all for your ongoing support of the Foundation.

Shanthini Naidoo, CEO St Vincent’s Curran Foundation

Read the full 2023 Autumn Highlights Newsletter here.