President's Message

President, Louisa Walsh

August 2018

Hello everyone. I’m keeping it short and sweet today because as I write this I’m about to head off on a bit of a Winter break to warmer climates and I have a few jobs to do before I run away. I hope that you all have similar plans for a little escape and making sure you’re finding some fun (with or without sun) in the depths of winter.

My message today is mostly about all the great things we have coming up that you can read about in this edition of The Circulator! We are trying hard to offer our members, supporters and friends some extra special events, and there really is something for everyone coming up.

On the 31st of July we have our first ever movie night. This is a free event and we’re keen for lots of our members and other recipients and their families to come along and enjoy some laughs on us. We’ll be seeing the NZ comedy ‘The Breaker Uppers’ so it should be a great night with a focus on meeting new people in the community. Hope to see you there.

On the 1st of September we’re having another Gala Evening fundraisier. This time the theme is Spring Fling, so dress in your brightest spring colours and let’s welcome back the sun together. Tickets are $75/head for a three course meal, and this is our biggest fundraiser of the year, so we hope to see you, and a table of your nearest and dearest – come and be a part of the night! We had a BALL in 2017, so join us for 2018.

Then, on October 14th the HLTTV team is taking part in the Melbourne Marathon Festival. So far we have runners and walkers in the 3km, 5.7km and 10km events. We’d love for you to join us as well, and our biggest crew are the 3k walkers, so don’t feel you need to be able to run to participate. If you’d like to know how to join, contact Camille – or check out the event on the Facebook page.

Finally, on the 25th November we’re having our annual Christmas BBQ in Fawkner Park. Another free event for all our community – come along, bring a friend, enjoy a snag.

Plus – I know that these events are all Melbourne-centric, and we have members from all over Australia. To fill this gap we have just developed a project funding proposal process. If you have an idea which supports the transplant community in your local area, all you need to do is head to this webpage:, complete the form, and send it in to the committee for consideration. We’d love to support your ideas for helping our community!

Phew! I’m tired just thinking about all these events. Hope to see each and everyone one of you soon – whether it’s taking in our great city with thousands of others at the Melbourne Marathon Festival, or across the dancefloor at our Spring Fling!

Louisa Walsh

President of the Heart and Lung Transplant Trust (Victoria)