Isobel Corin Research Grants
$10,000 donated by the University of Sydney
Successful Launch of the Isobel Corin Research Grants Fund
About 80 people attended a recent function at the home of Dr and Mrs Roger McMaster-Fay in Emu Plains to launch the Isobel Corin Research Grants Fund under the auspices of the University of Sydney and the Nepean Medical Research Foundation.
The Dean of the Faculty of Medicine at the University, Professor Andrew Coats, emphasised the importance of medical research at the Nepean Hospital, a teaching hospital of the University for the last 10 years. He congratulated the Foundation on the work being undertaken, and announced that the University would contribute $10,000 to help the fund get started.
The fund was officially launched by Mrs Claire Gledhill OAM, a long time resident of Penrith with her late husband pharmacist, Norman. “I remember the old Penrith Hospital, now the Governor Phillip nursing home, where Norm was the part time pharmacist. We used to go there three times a week from 7 am to 9 am before going to attend to our own shop. It is very different today.”
Mrs Gledhill went on to talk about Isobel Corin. “She was a resident of Lapstone for 40 years and was teacher/librarian at Emu Plains School for more than 20 years, influencing the lives of hundreds of children. She was very active in many community organisations including the Inner Wheel Club of Penrith, and one of her important contributions to the club in the year before she was diagnosed with lung cancer was the production of the club’s history to celebrate its Golden Jubilee in 2002.”
“Isobel Corin shared in the great dream of growth and expansion in research and development and during her illness held onto life with great tenacity, always willing to try every new idea that could possibly benefit her, no matter how new. It is fitting that this fund should be named after her.”
The Mayor of Penrith, Councillor Jackie Greenow thanked Dr & Mrs McMaster-Fay for the use of their home and urged the Penrith community to support the fund. “The importance of research cannot be emphasised too strongly, and I ask all of you to make the Foundation’s work well know in the community.”
The President of the Foundation, Mrs Gwen McMaster-Fay announced that the target for the fund was $250,000. “Already we have reached just over $25,000 which is 10% of our target. We have a long way to go and I ask individuals and businesses, both large and small to contribute in whatever way they can.”