Thank you to everyone who supported the 2016 Mercy Health Foundation Gala Ball
The 2016 Mercy Health Foundation Gala Ball not only raised significant awareness for Mercy Perinatal, but proceeds for the cause. More than 400 people joined us at the Sofitel on Collins to help create a memorable evening supporting the Mercy Health Foundation, to continue its mission to fund research and care of the most complicated and vulnerable pregnancies.
Our vision is to transform the futures of babies and at-risk mothers around the world, for whom death or disability is a potential outcome during pregnancy. The reality that one in 130 pregnancies in Australia will end in stillbirth, and every 30 seconds a baby around the world will die of prematurity is harrowing. Moreover, it is a tragic fact that the national road toll is exceeded by the number of babies lost during childbirth each year.
Your overwhelming support will help us establish Mercy Perinatal as a unique leader in perinatal care, and advance the medical knowledge and science we will need to provide care for our most at-risk babies and mothers.
Thank you to Master of Ceremonies, Mr Matt Tilley, and our passionate guest speakers Prof Sue Walker, Sheila Handbury Chair of Maternal Foetal Medicine, University of Melbourne, and Director of Perinatal Medicine at Mercy Hospital for Women, and Prof Stephen Tong, Head of Translational Obstetrics Group, University of Melbourne Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, and Mercy Hospital for Women, for their involvement and support. The contribution of all attendees is greatly appreciated. Together, we can provide care for mothers and babies in the crucial first 300 days of life after conception, and ultimately celebrate the joy of children.