President's Message

President, Louisa Walsh

October 2016

2016 is flying by so fast. It seems like only yesterday that we were Tour de Transplanting, and suddenly we've blinked and it’s six months later! Christmas is fast approaching, and in this edition you'll find the details of our Christmas Function. As always we'll be in Fawkner Park on the last Sunday in November. We really enjoy meeting up with our members and supporters, sharing a drink and a snag and catching up on everyone's lives. It’s a great chance to meet people from the transplant community. If you've never been we'd love to see you - and you can even sign up as a member on the day.

This edition also has details of our AGM, coming up in early November. All committee positions are up for election at the AGM, but we're particularly looking for an events officer and a treasurer. If any committee roles appeal to you, or you’re just interested in finding out more, please contact me via email for a chat:

By the time this edition goes to print we will have had our team run and walk in the Melbourne Marathon festival. This has now become an annual event, with the bulk of our team doing the 3km walk. We'd love to grow this event as a way to spread awareness of the HLTTV and organ and tissue donation. Please consider being a part of it next year. It's always a fun day out, usually with a drink and lunch afterwards, and the range of distances means that the event caters to almost all levels of fitness.

I hope that you all have a happy festive season, eat too much, see lots of loved ones and enjoy some down time over summer. The HLTTV committee are definitely excited about the possibilities of 2017 and we’re looking forward to whatever the New Year brings.

Finally, in recent weeks the HLTTV has been the lucky recipient of a Care from Caity grant. The Care from Caity Appeal honours Caity Cuthill, a young woman from Gippsland who had a double lung transplant in 2010 but sadly passed away in 2011. Donations made in her memory go to supporting people from country Victoria who need to access medical care in Melbourne. HLTTV is honoured to receive a $10,000 grant, which will go towards increasing the rooms on offer in our Second Chance Accommodation Program.

Louisa Walsh

President of the Heart and Lung Transplant Trust (Victoria)