MonashHeart organises events to help raise funds for various projects including the purchase of specialised medical equipment; all of which makes a difference in the lives of cardiac patients of all ages. Funds raised through these events are used to improve direct clinical services to patients, as well as funding research into new ways of treating heart disease and improving the lives of our patients.
2013 MonashHeart Golf Challenge
This year’s event was held at the immaculately presented Yarra Yarra Golf Club in East Bentleigh, one of Melbourne’s most prestigious golf clubs, boasting heritage listed clubhouse and surrounds. Once again Zouki Monash provided major sponsorship of our event; we wholeheartedly thank them for their support and generosity. The weather was an outstanding 35 degrees; perfect conditions for great golf. Thanks to our sponsors over $36,000 was raised for MonashHeart patient equipment improvements.
Port to Port Cycling Tour
After a two year break, having participated in the Murray to Moyne 520 km bike ride in 2011, MonashHeart undertook another cycling challenge, the Port to Port Cycling Tour.
This fundraising ride, starting in Mildura on Saturday 9 November and finishing on Sunday 10 November in Echuca, was a mammoth 400 kilometres. Of the 19 cyclists, eight finished the whole 400km in just one and a half days; an amazing achievement. Over $18,200 was raised to purchase 12-lead Holter monitors for the new Cardiac Inherited Diseases clinic. Our thanks to all sponsors who so generously donated to the cyclists.
Run Melbourne Run MonashHeart
Well done to those who participated in the 2013 Run Melbourne event. We had various entries in the 1/2 marathon, 10 km run and 5 km walk; all with one goal to have fun and raise money for MonashHeart. Over $3,100 was raised, a tremendous effort, and will go towards the final funds needed to purchase the SmartScreens for the cardiac care unit at Monash Medical Centre. Thank you to those who participated and all the sponsors.
On Valentine’s Day, Thursday 14th February, 3AW’s 5.30am Ross and John hosted a special segment on heart disease including a radiothon, helping to raise $100,000 for new, state-of-the-art SmartScreens so we can better show heart patients their images of their heart problem and to educate them to avoid another life threatening heart event. Such interactive, large size, readily available monitors at the patient bedside will be a Australian first.
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Valentine's Day Appeal
Not only show your special person you love them by purchasing a MonashHeart Valentine’s Day heart card and dark chocolate heart, but also support MonashHeart in our fundraising efforts, to purchase 14 large size SmartScreen interactive monitors for our sickest heart patients in our cardiac care units at Monash and Dandenong Hospital.
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2012 Golf Day Challenge
The 2012 Southern Health Golf Challenge supporting MonashHeart, held at Victoria Golf Club (VGC) was a great success. Despite the ‘challenging’ weather conditions (wind and intermittent rain) a wonderful day was had by all 52 golfers. The VGC course was in immaculate condition and the food excellent.
We raised funds for the purchase of four additional cardiac telemetry units for our cardiac care unit at Dandenong Hospital.
Thanks goes in particular to our various sponsors, especially our major sponsor Zouki for the day. Without their valued support this event would not have been possible.
Run Melbourne Run MonashHeart
Run Melbourne held on Sunday July 15 was indeed a fantastic opportunity to participate in one of the biggest fun runs/walks on the Melbourne calendar. It was also a great way to raise funds for MonashHeart, exceeding our $10,000 fundraising target. Our heartfelt thanks to everyone who supported us!
Funds went to the development of two dedicated elective procedure beds at MonashHeart Clayton specifically for waiting list angioplasty patients.We sincerely thank our family and friends who joined us on this event and those who generously sponsored us.
Rotary Clayton Donation
Once again the Rotary Club of Clayton has been a fantastic supporter of MonashHeart, responding to our plea for funds to purchase special patient sit-on weigh scales for the cardiac care unit at Monash Medical Centre, Clayton. Accepting the $2275 cheque from Rotary president Mrs Lesley Zuccaro, operations manager Anne Mennen acknowledged the terrific support of Clayton Rotary towards MonashHeart and their endeavours to improve the care of over 7,500 heart patients managed through the MonashHeart cardiac care units each year. Particular thanks to the staff of Bunnings South Oakleigh, who responded to Rotary’s request for funding with a cheque for $1424 raised by Bunning’s staff.
From left John Barnes, Rotary Clayton, Anne Mennen, MonashHeart and Lesley Zuccaro, Rotary Clayton President
MonashHeart was delighted to receive a $4,000 donation from RACV in February 2012. Accepting the cheque, chief cardiac technologist, Anthony Wald said "this wonderful donation will be put towards purchasing a new, ergonomic patient bed for our busy echocardiogram service. We perform 14,000 echoes each year and need a bed that is not only easy for our heart patients to get on and off, is comfortable and adjustable, but also the best ergonomic bed for our expert sonographers".
'Love Your Heart Day' appeals letter
On Valentine’s Day Tuesday 14th February, MonashHeart asked that not only do you 'love your heart' but also consider a donation to MonashHeart, a gift that will assist us in purchasing cardiac equipment to help us improve the leading care we provide.
Our mission is to provide the world’s best practice care to all patients in the most timely and patient-centred way. We believe our models of care serve as national and international benchmarks in patient-focused cardiac care.
In celebration of the love and affection associated with Valentine’s Day, we appealed for donations to help us purchase two new state-of-the-art 12 lead electrocardiogram (ECG) machines and a echocardiogram (heart ultrasound) machine. These are basic cardiac tools and often the first test performed when someone has a heart condition, cardiac complaint or chest pain.
'Love Your Heart Day' 14th February
As Valentine’s Day approaches, romance is in the air. But this year, MonashHeart are reminding lovebirds to think of their heart, renaming February 14 as Love Your Heart Day.
The Love Your Heart campaign began on Friday 10th February - with sales of heart chocolates, heart lapel pins and Valentine's Day gifts on sale at sites around Southern Health and at major shopping centres (Chadstone, The Glen, Parkmore Shopping Centre and Dandenong Plaza)
The Love Your Heart Day festivities on February 14 were based at Monash Medical Centere, Clayton. Soccer fans also caught the Melbourne Heart Soccer Team, who dropped in to distribute Valentine's Day chocolates to some lucky ladies.
The lunchtime BBQ offered some delicious heart-friendly fare and live entertainment. Special guest Sue Cummings shared her story of how heart disease had tragically touched her life. All proceeds from the day were used to help buy more diagnostic equipment, helping to diagnose heart attacks and save lives.
This Valentine's Day - think with your HEART.
2011 Golf Challenge with Ian Stanley
Superb 28 degree weather greeted the 68 golfers who joined our annual fundraising golf day at the beautiful Victoria Golf Club (VCC) in Cheltenham on Wednesday 19 October. Being only one month to the Australian Masters, the VCC golf course was immaculate and we were indeed truly privileged to be playing at such an esteemed golf club in the heart of Melbourne’s sandbelt country - a golfing experience on par with the world’s best courses!
After a challenging afternoon on the golf course, the golfers relaxed on the terrane with a cool ale before a sumptuous BBQ dinner in the dining room. We were most fortunate to have former Australian golf professional and MonashHeart patient Mr Ian Stanley as our guest speaker for the evening. Ian gave use a light hearted insight into his professional career, and more recently his life saving experiences under the care of the MonashHeart team.
We are indeed very appreciative of all our dedicated sponsors who supported this special day; without them such an important fundraising event would not have been possible. In particular we sincerely thank Zouki Monash for being our major sponsor. $40,000 was raised for the purchase of a highly specialised ‘beat-to-beat’ finapres monitor for the cardiac catheterisation laboratories – a advanced piece of equipment only available from the Netherlands to enable us to more closely monitor patients undergoing complex cardiac rhythm procedures.
Monash Rotaract trivia night
MonashHeart was honoured to be the beneficiary of the Monash Rotaract trivia night held on Friday 12 August at the Clayton Town Hall. With over 200 keen trivia buffs attending, the night was an amazing success with $3360 raised. These wonderful funds will be used to purchase small portable blood pressure machines for all our service sites and a oxygen saturation probe for our paediatric services. These new pieces of equipment will lead to a significant improvement in our ability to assess and manage cardiac patients of all ages.
Murray to Moyne Ride
24 avid cyclists from MonashHeart, Southern Health and St Kilda Police joined forces on the first weekend in April on the 24 hour Murray to Moyne bicycle ride; a challenging 520 kilometres from Mildura in the north to Port Fairy in the south. As night time fell on Saturday night, the team truly began to appreciate exactly what a challenge this ride would be, riding into the darkness up through the Grampians escarpment. Arriving in Port Fairy on Sunday morning after the final 90 kilometres, the team has reason to smile, raising close to $35,000 for new equipment to help improve medical treatment provided to MonashHeart patients.
Special thanks to all intrepid cyclists and our wonderful support team who made this feat possible. Particular thanks to all sponsors – from the many individuals who were inspired to support our ride with both big and small donations, to our corporate sponsors who provided financial support or “goods in kind” including General Motors Holden, Oriental Merchant, Arlec Lighting and the VFL Club.
Part of the funds raised will go towards purchasing Victoria’s first ever Lucas Thumper device – an external device which provides chest compressions in the event of cardiac arrest. This device is expected to significantly improve patient outcomes in the cardiac catheterisation laboratory when patients suffer prolonged cardiac arrest during a life-saving angioplasty procedure – it will improve the efficiency and effectiveness of chest compressions while allowing visualisation of the coronary tree during angiography.
As part of our April Murray to Moyne bike ride fundraising efforts, MonashHeart, Southern Health in conjunction with St Kilda Police held a trivia night at the Elwood Sailing Club, Elwood on Friday 18 March 2011.
The night was a great success with over 160 people attending. Alan Dew conducted the trivia with flair and polish, with the winning table from Southern Metro Police Command.
Special thanks to photographer Jake Lowe, who donated a wonderful photo of the French Alps as a major auction item for the night.
The night raised over $4000.
Chain Reaction Ride
We were proud to be actively involved in the marvellous fundraising efforts of the 2011 Chain Reaction Bike Challenge - a gruelling 1200 kilometre ride from Sydney to Melbourne over the Snowy Mountains - to raise funds for children’s charities.
Chain Reaction pledged their commitment to raise significant funds from their 2011 ride to assist in the purchase of a specialised imaging-compatible incubator for sick newborn and premature babies at Monash Medical Centre. MonashHeart contributed to this wonderful fundraising effort by helping with training and event preparation, but also by having staff member Nick Youngs participate in the ride.
Nick Youngs is our lead cardiac rhythm cardiac technologist, MonashHeart. He is an accomplished rider; a A grade rider with Carnegie Caulfield Cycling Club, who has recently completed over 2250 kilometres in the 2010 tour of the Tour De France.
The Chain Reaction ride raised over $1 million, a record in their five year history. The 44 cyclists were welcomed home on Friday 18 March by Lord Mayor Robert Doyle at the Melbourne Town Hall. Congratulations to all the riders.
Watt bike challenge
Over $2800 was raised on Wednesday 23 February 2011 when teams of riders from MonashHeart, Chain Reaction and Southern Health competed in a Watt bike challenge at Monash Medical Centre, Clayton. The stationary Watt bikes set hearts racing during the 10 hour challenge, which saw 10 riders from each team ride for 50 minutes with a 10 minute change over between each rider.
The purpose of the challenge was to raise money for Nick Youngs, a MonashHeart cardiac technologist, who is participating in this year’s 1,200 kilometre Chain Reaction Challenge between Sydney and Melbourne. Special guest appearances (and rides) were made by Luke Darcy, Andrew McKay and Emma Carney who all very generously donated their time to help raise the profile of Chain Reaction. The Chain Reaction team narrowly defeated the MonashHeart team 330 kilometres to 323 kilometres.
MonashHeart Golf Challenge
The annual fund raising MonashHeart golf day, held on Monday 8th November 2010, raised significant funds for the purchase of a special heart ultrasound probe for new born babies at MonashHeart Dandenong and a blood pressure monitor for the cardiac care unit, MonashHeart Clayton.
On a superb 23 degree C day, over 50 players enjoyed the beautifully manicured fairways, challenging bunkers and large undulating greens of Huntingdale Golf Club. Lunch attendees were treated to award winning catering, whilst guest speaker, two time world triathlon champion Emma Carney told her personal story of developing a dangerous heart condition in 2004 and being treated by the MonashHeart team.
Special thanks to our ever supportive sponsors, without their support this important fund raising event would not be possible including St Jude Medical, Boston Scientific, Life Systems Medical, Defries Industries, Above Par Commercial Joinery, Point of Care Systems and Zouki.