Dr Swee Tan: “A wonderful occasion”
“The Gala Dinner was a wonderful occasion. We are extremely grateful for the support and contribution made by many people and organisations. The money raised will be put towards the purchase of two much-needed pieces of equipment that are vital to our ongoing research.”
That’s the message from Dr Swee Tan, Founder and Executive Director of the Gillies McIndoe Research Institute, after $80,000 was raised at the Gala Dinner on 21 July. 170 guests attended the event.
Held at Wellington’s Boatshed, it was a “delightful evening” according to Judith Langridge who, with her committee colleagues Julie Anne Scott, Carol Law and Ann-Louise Gower, organised the event.
“The fundraising auction was very spirited … and very successful!” Judith said.
“We are very grateful to everyone who dug so deep for such a good cause.”
One of the auction items was an experience with Swee in which the winner will receive a 45 minute presentation followed by a question and answer session. This raised $7,000.
Swee also spoke at the dinner, as did one of his former patients, Mark Pennington ONZM, the Director of Pennington Design.
Tiana So’oialo (14), the daughter of former All Black, Rodney, sang at the event.
Judith said the occasion took almost four months to organise.
“It was definitely worth it because Swee and his team at the GMRI are doing such wonderful work that will benefit all of us eventually.”
Judith said she and her committee colleagues have families that have all been affected by cancer.
“We have very strong feelings about this issue and we all want to do what we can to help.”
The money that was raised will go towards the purchase of an Olympus confocal microscope and an Olympus cell culture microscope – vital pieces of equipment for cancer research and other work undertaken by the team at the GMRI. The confocal microscope is a fully automated benchtop laser microscope that images multiple colour-labelled proteins simultaneously and shows cells as they grow in culture in response to drug treatments. The cell culture microscope is capable of fluorescent imaging and captures high resolution images of cells in culture.
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