Freemasons group helps burns research

Freemasons WA Ladies Group members Shelley Stokes, Kay Paddick, Lynn Nichols, Beth Jancec, Jenni McDowall and Jenny Breeden with Professor Fiona Wood (centre).
Freemasons WA Ladies Group members Shelley Stokes, Kay Paddick, Lynn Nichols, Beth Jancec, Jenni McDowall and Jenny Breeden with Professor Fiona Wood (centre).

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 last month, she presented Professor Fiona Wood with a cheque for $52,500 � money raised specifically to help the foundation in retaining its young researchers who focus on the physical and emotional treatment of burns victims.

Prof Wood returned early from an international event to attend, before rushing off to her next appointment in what was a typically hectic day.

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

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

Prof 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.

The fundraiser comes after the local community rallied to support a Doubleview toddler who was allegedly set on fire by her father in August.

The four-year-old girl remains at Princess Margaret Hospital, where she is being treated for serious burns.

Prof Wood was among the doctors who helped treat the young girl, who underwent several skin grafts and a blood transfusion for extensive burns to her face and upper body.