• Zelma Barker and Ruby Curtis

    Zelma Barker and Ruby Curtis

  • Munyasya Mwangangi and Elizabeth Munyasya, Deborah Hicks and Mylene Mosella and Luz Gaspardi

    Munyasya Mwangangi and Elizabeth Munyasya, Deborah Hicks and Mylene Mosella and Luz Gaspardi

  • Dr Leszek Lisowski and Theresa Rayner

    Dr Leszek Lisowski and Theresa Rayner

  • Elaine Johnston, Vicki McMullan, Virginia Rzechowicz and Miles Rzechowicz

    Elaine Johnston, Vicki McMullan, Virginia Rzechowicz and Miles Rzechowicz

  • Barbara Magi and Sophia Notaras

    Barbara Magi and Sophia Notaras

  • Jo West, Bronwyn Johnston and Wendy Swan

    Jo West, Bronwyn Johnston and Wendy Swan

  • Jennifer Philps, Carolyn Greig and Lyndie Price

    Jennifer Philps, Carolyn Greig and Lyndie Price

  • Pam Behncke and guest speaker Dr Leszek Lisowski from CMRI Sydney.

    Pam Behncke and guest speaker Dr Leszek Lisowski from CMRI Sydney.

  • Annie Dobbie, Velinka Vecchi and Carolyn Hughan

    Annie Dobbie, Velinka Vecchi and Carolyn Hughan

  • Fiona Spencer, Diana Lipscombe, Marion Gillespie-Jones and Vivica Clarke

    Fiona Spencer, Diana Lipscombe, Marion Gillespie-Jones and Vivica Clarke

  • Nicole Dimoff, Sarah Grieves and Nancy Ganter

    Nicole Dimoff, Sarah Grieves and Nancy Ganter

  • Mary Constable, Jane Beer, Christine Cook and Libby Matthews

    Mary Constable, Jane Beer, Christine Cook and Libby Matthews

  • David Spencer and Carolyn Forster

    David Spencer and Carolyn Forster

Canberra Committee of the Children's Medical Research Foundation AGM

30 March 2016

The Canberra Committee of the Children’s Medical Research Institute’s annual general meeting is an example of efficiency, planning and good sense as the extraordinary team whip through the necessities and get the job done before you can say pour the bubbly the girls are ready to party. The High Commissioner of Singapore HE Burhan Gafoor and his wife Zarina Varukatty provided the venue at their chancery for the AGM and the reception to follow and it proved to be a charming and welcoming space with some impressive Australian Aboriginal art work to admire.

The preliminaries set up the speedy process with membership renewals raffles organised and the girls providing the tastiest delights for the afters. The the partners and guests arrive to hear the CMRI speaker who this year was Dr. Leszek Lisowski. As an internationally experienced research doctor in the field of genetics his work now with the CMRI makes him “feel like I matter” as this smaller focused institute continues to be at the forefront of important research.

The annual fundraising of this committee continues a delightful tradition of a country luncheon, usually in November, at a significant regional homestead where loitering under the shady trees or lolling on the grass is encouraged as is spending lots of money on Christmas themed goodies, jams, jellies and preserves. So too the leftovers from the famous ‘petit fours’ where just one more is never enough and a pack to take home is usually devoured before you hit the bitumen.

But my prize this year goes to Canberra’s best macaron maker, Fiona Spencer, for her teeny tiny mint green buttons that are the equal of any from Laduree Salon de The in Paris, we devoured with relish after the AGM with a glass of bubbly or two. A raffle prize this year went to Ruby Curtis, one of the continuously supportive Cooma doctors who come every year for the lunch with a record 18 lunches she remembers, the coldest one especially as she drove home in a snowstorm.

See you in the bush some time in November!