Cancer care research in West Moreton has been bolstered by $4000 raised at a sell-out morning tea on Saturday.
More than 160 people attended the third annual Regina and Vicki Doig Morning Tea organised by the Ipswich Hospital Foundation (IHF).
Proceeds will benefit the new Regina and Vicki Doig Research Scholarship for Cancer Care, administered by the IHF in collaboration with the West Moreton Health Research and Innovation department.
Ipswich resident and scholarship benefactor Vicky Doig said the success of the morning tea gave her confidence in the future of local cancer care research.
Ms Doig established the scholarship in honour of her sister Regina, who died of lymphoma in 1987, aged 39.
Clinicians from West Moreton Health hospitals in Ipswich, Boonah, Esk, Gatton and Laidley who wish to make a tangible difference to cancer care through research are eligible to apply.
“All I want is for the research to make a real difference for the people of West Moreton and a legacy for Regina,” Ms Doig said.
Senior research development officers Dr Emma Finch and Dr Michelle Delaney told the guests assembled at Brothers Leagues Club how the scholarship would be administered by the health service’s Research and Innovation department under the leadership of Christopher Hicks.
IHF Chief Executive Officer Scott Young said the Foundation was fortunate to have the experience of the Research and Innovation team supporting the scholarship.
West Moreton Hospital and Health Board Chair Michael Willis thanked Ms Doig and Mr Young for making the scholarship available to clinicians.
“This scholarship will greatly improve clinical care for cancer patients in our region and enhance the reputation of our health service as one that excels through evidence-led innovation,’’ Mr Willis said.
To learn more about the IHF or to make a tax-deductible donation, please visit https://give.ihfoundation.org.au/ .