Burns research boost with thanks to Freemasons WA Ladies Group

Professor Fiona Wood receives the cheque from |Freemasons WA Ladies Group members Shelley Stokes, Kay Paddick, Lynn Nichols, Beth Jancec, Jenni McDowall and Jenny Breeden.
Professor Fiona Wood receives the cheque from |Freemasons WA Ladies Group members Shelley Stokes, Kay Paddick, Lynn Nichols, Beth Jancec, Jenni McDowall and Jenny Breeden.

A LONG-TERM fundraising campaign spearheaded by Beth Jancec, of Stirling, has resulted in a significant boost for research carried out by the Fiona Wood Foundation.

Mrs Jancec started the Freemasons WA Ladies Group after her husband Steven was named as the fraternity’s Grand Master in October 2012.

At a Ladies Breakfast event on October 23, she presented Professor Wood with a cheque for $52,500, raised specifically to help the foundation retain its young researchers to work on improving the physical and emotional treatment of burns victims.

The fundraising began with a Mad Hatters Afternoon Tea in South Perth.

Other events included two sausage sizzles at Bunnings Balcatta and a city fashion parade supported by several local fashion houses.

Professor Wood said she was thrilled with the result.

“It was a lot of hard work by a lot of ladies, and a few men,” she said.

Mrs Jancec said Professor Wood’s work was inspirational.

“When we started this project, we had more modest objectives, but once we got rolling, we set our sights on that $50,000 mark and every one of us was absolutely delighted that it was achieved,” she said.

“There is no price you can put on the importance and value of research and everyone who contributed to the fundraising can be justifiably proud of the result.”