LIWA HERO AWARD
The LIWA Hero Award was established in 2010 by the Director of the Lung Institute of Western Australia to celebrate the contribution made to LIWA by its members.
The award acknowledges the support and commitment an individual member has demonstrated for LIWA in the previous year. The creation of the award was inspired by the efforts of the late Mrs Lyn Richardson who, with her friends in the Basket of Hope group, raised funds for LIWA and promoted its work for many years.
Is there a LIWA member who’s contribution to the fight against respiratory disease has impressed you over the past 12 months?
LIWA is calling for nominations for its LIWA Hero Award which will be awarded at the Annual General Meeting on 11 April.
To download a nomination form click here>>
LIWA Hero 2012
Janeine Thomas & Alison Guest
Janeine Thomas and Alison Guest have demonstrated an extraordinary commitment to LIWA by organising an annual fundraising Melbourne Cup Lunch at Frasers Restaurant in Kings Park.
Through these lunches the woman have raised close to $100,000 for LIWA which has been used to establish the Glenn Brown Memorial Grant for Cystic Fibrosis and Bronchiectasis Research. This grant will do much to further the understanding of treatments for these terrible diseases.
These high profile lunches have become sold out, high profile events with a loyal following of both guests and sponsors. The professionalism with which Janeine and Alison approached sponsors, guests and volunteers has generated much positive publicity about LIWA.
The selfless effort Janeine and Alison put in, in spite of the many challenges they face each day as mothers of children and young people with cystic fibrosis is extraordinary and inspiring. For them this is a year round effort of selflessness aimed at trying to help LIWA carry out its role of helping those with lung disease through research, education, advocacy and care.
LIWA Hero 2011:
The late Paul Barratt
Paul Barratt was awarded the LIWA Hero at the 2011 Annual General Meeting for undertaking an amazing physical challenge in order to promote lung health and LIWA.
In March and April in 2010 Paul, WA’s first heart lung transplant recipient, completed the 498km Munda Biddi bike trail. Paul generously used the event to raise funds for LIWA and to promote the Institute extensively to the media.
Paul’s ride was an inspiring demonstration of how chronic lung disease can be overcome through the combined efforts of medical research and individual determination. Paul has continued his support of LIWA as an Ambassador, promoting the Institute and encouraging its staff and members to continue to make a difference in the fight against lung disease.
LIWA Hero 2010:
Edna Brown & Jenni Ibrahim
Two very deserving volunteers from Australia’s first community support group for people living with chronic lung disease were chosen to be the inaugural recipients of the award. Edna Brown and Jenni Ibrahim received the award at the AGM held at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital in March 2010. Edna Brown established the community support group known as LISA in 1992. In 2009 LISA joined with LIWA and adopted the new name of LIFE, Lung Information and Support for Everyone. Jenni Ibrahim has been the joint coordinator of LIFE for many years, and produces the group’s popular newsletter.
LIFE is a source of support for people living with lung disease and those who care for them. Through Edna and Jenni’s commitment, LIWA is able to offer help to individuals outside the clinical setting, and in turn gain insight into the concerns and issues facing those whose lives are affected by respiratory disease.
Both women undertake their co-ordinating roles voluntarily and perform them with enormous compassion and drive, 24 hours a day. They are very worthy recipients of the first LIWA Hero Award.