Life is Sweet

“My heart is beating and my lungs are breathing!”. Kerri Cargill, a qualified nurse educator from Canberra, found herself facing certain death unless she had a heart and double lung transplant operation.

Kerri had been born with a congenital heart condition but by age 42 had also developed a rare lung condition. Kerri has had to overcome both physical and mental obstacles since her transplant at St Vincent’s Hospital Sydney eight years ago. Her love for life is infectious; you will always find her planning some major fundraiser to raise awareness of organ donation and to help raise money for the heart and lung transplant program at St Vincent’s.

Kerri’s most recent function, Kerri’s Gingerbread House Decorating Fundraiser Day, was held on a hot and sunny Saturday in November in Garran ACT. There were over 150 guests of all ages who came from faraway places like Brisbane, Adelaide, Melbourne and Sydney, all vying to be the best gingerbread house decorator ever. With 180 kilos of sweets on offer and champagne flowing, there was certainly a buzz around the room by the finishing time. What a tremendous fun event, raising over $18,000 for St Vincent’s Hospital.

With Thanks

Our heartfelt thanks to Kerri and her organising committee (parents Vicki and Roger, Auntie Sue and Uncle Ross) and all of Kerri’s volunteers. It took six months of work to prepare for Gingerbread Day. The event was supported by very generous local businesses in Canberra who provided lucky door, raffle and silent auction prizes. “Mum and Dad and my entire family support me through absolutely everything in my transplant journey. No matter what. As a family we are so proud to be fundraising for the Heart Lung Transplant Unit.” said Kerri Cargill.

Thank you Kerri for all your hard work to hold an exciting and creative event to raise funds to support St Vincent’s, we are truly grateful.