SIX organisations spanning the medical spheres of research, education and health care are the latest recipients of Wolper Jewish Hospital Health Foundation (WJHHF) grants worth a total of $85,000 – up $20,000 from the previous round.
The welcome injection of funds will help the Sydney Children’s Hospital Foundation to recruit a research associate to undertake clinical trials for new treatments for acute lymphoblastic leukaemia, a type of cancer that can rapidly develop in diseased bone marrow through excessive production and accumulation of abnormal blood cells.
According to Cancer Australia, about one-third of cancers in children and teenagers are leukaemias, mostly in acute form.
The NSW Friendship Circle and Camp Sababa were both awarded grants, which they will use to provide medical and nursing staff for their upcoming programs for people with a disability – the former for adventure getaways for young people with disabilities, and the latter for residential camps for children and young adults.
Jewish House will put its grant towards hiring an extra social worker to deliver its innovative Homebase Program that supports clients after they’ve left crisis accommodation, reducing the chance of them becoming homeless again.
Shalom Gamarada’s grant will continue to fund a full residential scholarship for another year for an indigenous medical student studying at the University of NSW, including full board at Shalom College and access to tutors and support services.
Parkinson’s NSW also received a grant for delivery of its counselling service based at Wolper Jewish Hospital.
WJHHF chair Daniel Goulburn said funding rounds are allocated twice per year, and this latest round brings the total amount of funds provided to both Jewish and general health care organisations since the Foundation was established in 2014 to just over $700,000.
“The Foundation’s trustee board members consider a range of grants each round which will contribute to the ongoing health care of the community and result in initial and longer term benefits,” Goulburn said.