Patrons banding together to help

Yasmin Naglazas and Maryanne Bell with an INXS guitar and pearls from Atlas Pearls and Perfumes in Claremont. Maryanne holds Billy Joel’s harmonica. Picture: Andrew Ritchie d427316
Yasmin Naglazas and Maryanne Bell with an INXS guitar and pearls from Atlas Pearls and Perfumes in Claremont. Maryanne holds Billy Joel’s harmonica. Picture: Andrew Ritchie d427316

‘The first thing we’ve been doing is a charity ball, part of launching the group, last Saturday, with Billy Joel’s band, who have never pulled away from him to perform before,’ new patron and businesswoman Maryanne Bell said.

She is joined by fellow Patrons philanthropist Rhonda Wyllie and New York-based, WA-born photographer Russell James in the group overseen by the Bethesda Foundation chaired by former WA Heath chief Neale Fong.

Hospital chief executive Yasmin Naglazas said some of the first money raised at the ball would fund a mobile cart carrying art and decorations chosen by palliative patients for their rooms.

‘It gives them something to select and decide about, because at the end of life many do not have choices,’ Ms Naglazas said.

The foundation will raise money for hospital equipment, education and research, and other palliative care projects in the community and overseas.

The ball also celebrated Bethesda’s 70 years last Saturday.