As part of International Women’s Day celebrations, a group of highly successful Sydney businesswomen raised much needed funds to support the care of premature babies at Westmead Hospital.
Hosted by Maureen Rizk, Arab Bank Australia and Julie Khouzame of the George Khouzame Group at the Bayti Restaurant in Parramatta, the luncheon was themed ‘an equal world; meaning all day, every day, women can actively choose to challenge stereotypes, fight bias, improve situations and celebrate women’s achievements’.
These dynamic women raised almost $4,000 for the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Westmead Hospital, which cares for over 1,500 premature babies each year.
Donna Garland, Operations Director of Women’s and Newborn Health at Westmead Hospital spoke at the luncheon about the challenges of caring for our most vulnerable babies. The monies raised will purchase an ophthalmoscope; used to assist the early detection and diagnosis of eye problems in premature babies; and a diaphanoscope, which shines a cold light onto baby’s skin to identify veins and arterial vessels in the extremities, and minimises baby’s distress when blood is taken.
Monika Tu, Founder and Director of Black Diamondz presented the keynote address. During the address, a delicious lunch was served, prepared by guest Chef Philip Khoury from Harrods London, alongside Bayti Head Chef Massimo Perinotto. Following, a lively and informative panel discussion was generated and featured: Sky News Anchor and Television Presenter Jaynie Seal, BMW Executive Corporate Marketer Emma Doyle, Madison Marcus Law Firm Director Theresa Armstrong, Zoughaib & Co Jeweller Gaelle Geagea and Young Entrepreneur and Social Media Influencer Amy Castano, and whom tackled some of the issues facing women in business today.
Westmead Hospital Foundation’s Fundraising and Relationships Manager Alison Whittaker attended the luncheon and said, “We are so grateful to Arab Bank, George Khouzame Group, Bayti Restaurant and the wonderful women who so generously donated funds for the purchase of specialist neonatal intensive care equipment”. “Your gifts will directly benefit the babies who receive care at Westmead Hospital,” said Ms Whittaker.
Mrs Garland added, “Our Neonatal Intensive Care staff were overwhelmed by your generosity and thank you for making a real difference to the lives of our tiniest patients”.
“On behalf of all my staff, thank you Arab Bank, George Khouzame Group, Bayti Restaurant and attendees of the luncheon for championing our cause and making an immediate and lasting difference to the quality of care we provide to premature and sick babies at Westmead Hospital”, said Ms Garland.
Westmead Hospital’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit has a number of items on their ‘Wish list’. If you would like to donate to Westmead Hospital’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit please click here, or text the word “BABIES” to m 0473 000 111.