King Edward Memorial Hospital team raises $12,500 doing Rottnest Channel Swim


The ‘It’ll be WIRF it’ team of Trent Tolra, Lauren Megaw, Sebastian Leathersich and Katrina Calvert.
The ‘It’ll be WIRF it’ team of Trent Tolra, Lauren Megaw, Sebastian Leathersich and Katrina Calvert.

A GROUP of doctors from King Edward Memorial Hospital (KEMH) is celebrating after conquering last month’s Rottnest Channel Swim and raising $12,500 for the Women’s and Infants Research Foundation (WIRF).

Made up of doctors Katrina Calvert, Sebastian Leathersich and Lauren Megaw, along with friend Trent Tolra, team ‘It’ll be WIRF it’ completed the 20km swim in just over eight hours.

Dr Calvert said the team was honoured to be part of the event.

“It really is an incredible day in the Perth calendar,” she said.

“We had a great time, and we were delighted with our accomplishment – raising nearly $12,500 whilst doing it.

“Anything we can do to fund research into the prevention of pre-term birth is worthwhile, and the fact that we had such a great time whilst fundraising for such a worthy cause was just an added bonus.”

The team was provided with a support boat from a family who had a special connection to KEMH and WIRF.

Carly Heath had a preterm birth experience in 2015, with her son Beau born prematurely at KEMH due to severe preeclampsia and HELLP syndrome.

“When I heard through a friend that a group of doctors were doing the Rottnest swim to raise funds for preterm birth research and needed a support boat, (my husband) Mick and I jumped at the chance to help,” she said.

“We had such a great experience with the doctors and staff at King Eddies.

“The level of care we were provided was unbelievable and it made all the difference during a difficult time for all of us.”