The Ingham Institute raised over $5000 from the inaugural Ingham Institute OCAGI Family Fun Day event at Menangle House on Sunday 24 May – making a big difference to local cancer research programs in the Macarthur region and throughout Australia.
Over 700 families attended and supported the event which headlined with super hero wrestlers, jumping castles, Pacific Islander dance troupes, petting zoo, a Mad Hatter’s tea party and a range of market stalls featuring local Macarthur businesses.
Local families also got into the spirit of the event and came dressed as their favourite superhero character.
Ingham Institute Research Director Professor Michael Barton OAM praised local families and community who attended the event as well as the key organising staff from the Ingham Institute and OCAGI.
“It was pleasing to see the immense support from the local community for this inaugural event and highlighted the Macarthur region’s strong community spirit,” said Professor Barton.
“Also principal to its success was the commitment, dedication and hard work of both the Institute’s staff and OCAGI who have worked tirelessly to help bring this event to life.”
“The funds raised from the event will make a significant contribution in assisting the Ingham Institute’s cancer researchers develop new treatments and improved methods of care for a range of cancer types including breast, prostate, lung, pancreatic and oesophageal cancer,” he continued.
Fellow event organiser and Director of OCAGI Polly Grundy thanked the local community and the staff at Menangle House for their tremendous patronage as well as local businesses that supported the event by showcasing their wares at a wide variety of market stalls.
“The Macarthur region is one of the most generous communities in Sydney and this was clearly evident by the success of our first-ever Ingham Institute OCAGI Family Fun Day,” said Ms Grundy.
“Cancer still remains as Australia’s biggest killer and we need to raise more funds to bring it more to the forefront as a national health priority and turn around this dreadful statistic.”