Western Sydney Wanderers kick off My Westmead's bigHEARTED month

01 Feb 2017

Western Sydney Wanderers players Brendon Santalab and Steven Lustica have joined forces with My Westmead to officially launch this month’s bigHEARTED fundraising campaign.

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For the second consecutive year, My Westmead – the community fundraising arm of the Westmead Medical Research Foundation – is running the bigHEARTED campaign, giving the community a chance to get involved and help put common diseases like cancer and diabetes to the history books - where they belong.

The campaign is simple – instead of exchanging roses, cards and chocolates for Valentine’s Day, My Westmead is inviting the community to make a donation to medical research and care at Westmead.

This year, the Western Sydney Wanderers have pledged their support for the campaign, along with organisations like Coleman Greig Lawyers, Arab Bank Australia, William Buck, Sparks and Partners and Kemp Strang Lawyers.

Wanderers’ striker Brendon Santalab said the bigHEARTED initiative was a great idea.

“I think the notion of encouraging people to swap Valentine’s Day gifts for a donation to the bigHEARTED month is great,” he said.

“All men and women should join this campaign – it’s a good cause and every cent counts.”

My Westmead partnerships manager Susie Saba said the organisation was excited to increase community awareness and support for medical research and healthcare at Westmead, particularly as it transforms into an innovative health hub.

“We know there are enough bigHEARTED businesses and individuals who will join us to do something really special this February,” she said.

“We thank our supporters for their generosity and encourage them to share and spread the word via email and social media channels.

“The idea is to generate a friendly rivalry or challenge environment.”

All donations from the bigHEARTED campaign will go towards medical research and clinical care at Westmead Hospital and the Westmead Institute for Medical Research.

To donate, visit bigheartedmonth.org.

For more information, email wmrf@wmrf.org.au or call 1800 639 037