It was a privilege to be part of the day, supporting such a great cause, while also meeting some lovely volunteers, staff, and families. It was set amongst Dame Elisabeth Murdoch’s Cruden Farm – which was simply stunning. It was the kind of Melbourne morning where the sky was pure blue and the grass all delicious and dewy. And, although Alisha & I danced our hearts out the night before at Lenny’ Kravitz’s concert, being up early taking in this beautiful scenery was such a joy. We couldn’t resist sharing with you:
For those who don’t know about the work of the Institute here is a little snapshot, and why you should support them when and if you can.
The Institute started in 1986 by paediatrician Professor David Danks with the support of generous support of Dame Elisabeth Murdoch and her family. The original focus of the Institute was genetic research.
The institute now supports 1400 researchers, who are tasked with understanding all types disease and conditions affecting child health including allergies, cancer, obesity, genetic disease, and premature birth. This work makes vital discoveries around prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and care – which ultimately lead to improved health outcomes for our babies, children, and adolescents.
Having worked for Camp Quality (an Australian children’s cancer charity) for nearly 3 years, I know only too well the harsh reality of a child facing the battle of a serious illness. It just doesn’t ever seem fair, and is why it’s so important we understand as much as we can about disease and the best approaches for prevention and treatment.
If you’d like to support the work of the Institute, whether that be by volunteering, donating, or providing corporate support – I’m sure they would love to hear from you! You can find out more info here.
An event such as the Discovery Day reminds us how fortunate we are to have such healthy little people in our lives. Look at your beautiful child today, give them an extra big cuddle, and be grateful that they are safe and healthy. And if you have a child facing obstacles, find reassurance in the incredible research and work being done, and that there are many wonderful people out there supporting these critical developments.
You can check out the Murdoch Childrens Research Institute’s website if you’d like more info on the organisation and it’s current research priorities.