A NEW W strain of meningococcal has put 14 people in hospital in WA and claimed one life in the past year – making the work of the Amanda Young Foundation even more important.
The Young family has been running the foundation since losing their daughter, Amanda, to the disease in 1998.
The foundation works constantly to raise funds for increasing awareness and educating people about the virus.
The W strain is additional to the B and Y strains, which all require a vaccine to save lives.
It is a relatively new strain in Perth and has caused the majority of hospitalisations out of the 22 cases in 2016.
“It is more dangerous and virulent than the other strains and harder to treat,” Amanda’s father Barry Young said.
He said research and development was very important in Perth, especially at UWA.
“Microbiologists are researching various strains of the meningococcal disease and we help to fund a Phd program in this at the university.”
Mr Young said it cost the foundation about $100,000 per annum to run the information and awareness campaign and educate people in the community so they were aware of the symptoms and signs.
Amanda contracted meningococcal septicaemia at the tender age of 18 years and had a promising future as an athlete and scholar before she passed away.
To help meet costs, Jim Jam Band and Scottish tenor Jim McGuire are playing at Romancing the Stone Gardens in Maida Vale this month.
Mr Young said Tom Hogg and partner Jan had been on board from the beginning, offering their venue and beautiful garden to help with concerts like this one.
“We can’t thank them enough for their support,” he said.
McGuire and the band will provide the audience with classic harmonies using cello, bass, mandolin, piano and guitar – playing all the hits from jazz to blues to folk and pop.
The concert is on Friday, January 20, at 7.30pm.
Bookings can be made by calling 9454 4298 or online at amandayoungfoundation.org.au.