President's Message

President, Louisa Walsh

November 2018

What a night! The HLTTV Spring Gala went off this year, with over 170 people enjoying the great food and hospitality of Bayview on the Park, and digging deep in their wallets to support the Second Chance Accommodation Program. Such generosity! What amazing dance moves! It was an incredible night, and thank you to everyone who came, donated prizes and helped make the night a stunning success. Thanks especially to the organising dream team of Maarit, Cheryl, Tina, Fiona and captained by the incomparable Martina. Their incredible effort raised over $12,000 for the Second Chance Accommodation Program and put a lot of smiles on the faces of our guests on the night. Amazing! But… bad news ladies – I think we need to do it all again next year!

If you missed the fun of the Gala, don't worry. Our Christmas BBQ is coming up at Fawkner Park on the 25th of November. All the details are in this edition of The Circulator. While we can't promise the same quantity of wine, steak and lemon tarts as the Gala, we can promise the same warm vibes and community feel. All members, supporters and friends are welcome along – we'd love to see you there.

Also coming up is our Annual General Meeting. All positions are declared vacant at the AGM, and all members are eligible to nominate for a position. This year we're saying farewell to our VP Camille and our Secretary Emily, so we definitely have vacancies on the committee for anyone interested in being part of the HLTTV. There are also ordinary member positions vacant, which means you can step into the committee as a more general volunteer and find your niche.

Finally, I have to let the community know that I'm also stepping down from my role as President, and stepping off the committee. I have been a committee member for 7 years, and started volunteering nearly 8 years ago – just after my transplant. Being a committee member of the HLTTV has been an incredible part of my journey, but now it is time to hand the reigns on to someone else. I'd highly recommend considering volunteering if you're thinking about it at all – it's a friendly organisation in which you can make a real and immediate impact to the lives of transplant recipients and their families. If you're interested in learning more, please contact me: president@hlttv.org.au or Emily: secretary@hlttv.org.au

Thank you for all your support over the years, and I'm excited to see what's in store for the HLTTV in 2019.

Louisa Walsh

President of the Heart and Lung Transplant Trust (Victoria)
president@hlttv.org.au