A hot November night

The 2011 Annual Celebration held on November 9, 2011

Her Excellency Marie Bashir AC CVO

NMRF Patron and NSW Governor Her Excellency Marie Bashir AC CVO

NMRF President Brad Turnbull welcoming guests

NMRF President Brad Turnbull welcoming guests

The Nepean Medical Research Foundation celebrated the Nepean Philanthropists five year pledge by holding their Annual Cocktail Function at The Sydney International Regatta Centre on Wednesday the 9th November 2011.

Her Excellency Professor Marie Bashir Governor of NSW, Councillor Greg Davies Mayor of Penrith, Vice Chancellor of The University of Sydney Dr Michael Spence, Dean of The University of Sydney Professor Bruce Robinson, The Hon. David Bradbury, The Hon. Louise Markus, Mr Stuart Ayres MP, Mr Ray Williams MP, Mrs Tanya Davies MP, Senior Hospital executives and Medical Staff were just some of the dignitaries in attendance.

During the evening our patron Her Excellency, personally welcomed our guests and presented certificates to our Nepean Philanthropists for their continued support to the Nepean Medical Research Foundation. The Nepean Philanthropists are made up of local business people pledging financial support of $2,500 a year for five years. Today there are over 50 Nepean Philanthropists and our numbers continue to grow through the hard work and loyalty of the local community.

Her Excellency spoke of the long standing and loyal support that the Nepean district has provided to the State of NSW, stretching back to Governor Bligh in the early 1800’s. Her Excellency noted that this community spirit continues to this day with the Nepean Medical Research Foundation raising in excess of $1.7 million for local Medical research and equipment since the Foundation’s inception in 2000.

John Bateman, founder of Nepean Philanthropists

John Bateman, founder of Nepean Philanthropists

NMRF Vice President Gwen McMaster-Fay presentation thanks

NMRF Vice President Gwen McMaster-Fay presentation thanks

Associate Professor Gustavo Duque spoke of the constant and never ending desire of the Medical fraternity to answer the questions of disease and aging. The quest seems endless but each achievement spurs on the Researcher’s to further our knowledge for our local and global communities.

Guests and dignitries were greeted with the Melodic Harp as they entered by Q Music. The guests were also entertained by Jason Mobbs-Green, a young 17 year old student and Vice Captain at Jamison High who studies classical voice at the Joan Sutherland Centre under Trevor Brown via a scholarship sponsored by Cr. Jim Aitken. Also performing and entertaining the guests on the night with their vocal and musical performance were Steppin-Out Duo who donated their time to this grand occasion.

2011 Research Grant recipients and friends

2011 Research Grant recipients and friends

The celebratory atmosphere was contagious with many newly invited guests committing to support the Foundation in its endeavours…we look forward to a new year of fundraising, building relationships and continuing to support our local researchers. If you wish to become involved with the Foundation or the Nepean Philanthropists group call 4735 2407 or .