Seasons Greetings

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Seasons Greetings

Make your seasonal wish even more meaningful this year with personalised cards.

Buy your Christmas cards from our partner Charity Greeting Cards and 40c per card is donated to the Schizophrenia Research Institute.

Order at Christmas Cards 4 Charity or fax the completed order form to (02) 8305 0555.

Hawkesbury Charity Race Day

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Hawkesbury Charity Race Day

Enjoy a great day out at the Warren Media Hawkesbury Charity Race Day on 11th November.

Meet Ray Warren and Sam Kekovich for a superb lunch and all proceeds go to the Schizophrenia Research Institute.

Click here for more information.

Australasian Schizophrenia Conference – Free Public Forum

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Australasian Schizophrenia Conference 2010 – Free Public Forum

Has research been of benefit to people with schizophrenia?

Register now to reserve your place at the ASC2010 Public Forum to hear ABC’s Kerry O’Brien lead a panel of experts to discuss “Has research been of benefit to people with
schizophrenia?”

The Forum aims to provide an opportunity for the general public to hear about developments in schizophrenia research and whether these have made a difference to the lives of people with schizophrenia.

The Forum will contain a number of presentations from local and international researchers, consumers and carers with an audience Q&A to follow. Speakers include:

Professor Vaughan Carr
Schizophrenia Research Institute & University of NSW

Prof. Patrick McGorry
Orygen Youth Health Research Centre; 2010 Australian of the Year

Prof. Cyndi Shannon Weickert
Macquarie Group Foundation Chair of Schizophrenia Research

Professor David Penn
University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, USA

Mr Richard Schweizer
Patient Ambassador, Schizophrenia Research Institute

Ms Elaine Goddard
Remind Carer Educator, Schizophrenia Fellowship of NSW

The Public forum will be held at the Garvan Institute Auditorium, 384 Victoria St, Darlinghurst at 6-8pm, Tuesday 21st September 2010. Entry is free but places are limited so you must register first with
Megan Diallo.

ASC2010, the Australasian Schizophrenia Conference, commences on 22nd September, is attended by clinicians and researchers and hosted this year by the Schizophrenia
Research Institute. Further details about the conference can be found at the ASC2010 web site – www.asc2010.com

Honours for Institute’s Heroes

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Honours for Institute’s Heroes

Don McDonald, who worked tirelessly for many years to raise awareness and much needed funds for the Schizophrenia Research Institute, has recently been awarded a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) in the recent Queen’s Birthday honours.

Don’s efforts were driven because his son suffers from the illness and he is a founding member of the Schizophrenia Research Institute.

He left his career as a union official in the 1990s to commit his energies to the cause of schizophrenia research. Over the years he has helped develop strong relationships with both government and corporate and has recruited some of Australia’s most prominent corporate leaders onto the Institute’s board. He raised over $2 million from the community to support the Institute’s research and gave over 400 presentations to over 40,000 people before his retirement in 2004. Don continues to support the Institute as one of its Life Governors.

Another passionate Institute supporter, Mr Norbert Schweizer, received an order of merit from the German government for his dedication to the German community and works of philanthropy in Australia. He received his medal at a private function at the German Vice Counsel General’s residence in Sydney.

The board and staff of the Institute send Don and Norbert their heartiest congratulations.

Blackmores Sydney Running Festival 2010

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Blackmores Sydney Running Festival 2010

Take part in the Sunday Telegraph Family fun run in Sydney on 19th September and if you fundraise for us you get your entry fee back.

Visit www.sydneymarathon.org

Thanks for your support and get training.

Patient Supporter

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Patient Supporter

Clare Hooper developed schizophrenia in her teens and now uses her artistic talent to help raise funds for the Institute.

Clare’s family create greeting cards from her artwork and this year they raised almost $2,000 from taking part in Garden Australia’s Open Gardens day in March. The Hoopers and their neighbours took advantage of the beautiful day by letting visitors to their garden know that part of the proceeds of the day would go towards the Schizophrenia Research Institute.

As well as the entry fee, the family sold packs of Clare’s greeting cards and provided a raffle prize. Many thanks.

If you would like to hold a fundraiser please contact Renee Hampson on (02) 9295 8698.

The Jack Gibson Cup

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The Jack Gibson Cup

Institute founding member, Jack Gibson, is commemorated each year with the Jack Gibson Cup, a trophy match played by the Parramatta Eels and the Sydney Roosters.

The Institute has been chosen as the community partner for this annual event and NRL players Ben Smith and Nate Myles spoke on the importance of schizophrenia at a media conference which resulted in great public awareness with TV, print, radio and web coverage. The Institute’s ambassador, Miss World Australia, Sophie Lavers, spoke to the sell out crowd of 20,000 at Parramatta Stadium on 31st July.

Thanks to Mark Warren of Warren Media who enthused the crowd on the day, to Medibank Health Solutions for supporting our SMS campaign, to Accor Hospitality for sponsoring a suite and to the Gibson family who attended on the day. The event raised $2,200 and a generous donation of $10,000 from Roosters sponsor, Steggles.

Call for Australians to Watch Their Language

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Call for Australians to Watch Their Language

Ray Warren is giving it up for schizophrenia research and is urging others to join him in his role as SwearStop Ambassador.

SwearStop is the fun online campaign to give up bad language for a week in May. The Schizophrenia Research Institute is calling for 200 volunteers to join Ray to help raise much needed funds. Visit www.swearstop.com.au to register.

Other SwearStop ambassadors include Triple M’s Mark Geyer, NRL stars Ben Ross and Nate Myles, Miss World Australia Sophie Lavers, Glen Wheeler and celebrity chef, Ben O’ Donoghue.

Anyone can get behind this campaign by nominating themselves or a friend to take part in the campaign from 17-23 May 2010 as part of Schizophrenia Awareness Week.

To get involved in SwearStop register online at www.swearstop.com.au then email your friends, colleagues and family to sponsor you for the week.

Celebration Cards – Send an E-Card

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Celebration Cards – Send an E-Card

If you would rather give a more meaningful gift for a birthday, academic celebration or even Mother’s Day, why not try an e-card with a donation to the Institute.

An e-card is an electronic charity card, like a direct donation but the sender sends an email card with the donations in lieu of a gift or flowers.

Simply follow this link for Schizophrenia Research Institute’s e-card page – www.mycause.com.au/ecards.php?charity=288 – choose the occasion (birthday, graduation, bar mitzvah, Christmas, Mothers Day) write your message, donate and send.

We really appreciate you thinking of us and spreading the news that we need everyone’s support.

Art and Science

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Art and Science

2010 sees the launch of the Art and Science series of events, which aims to bridge the thinking between art and science with key speakers from both fields. Leading scientists will join with Australia’s most renowned corporate art collectors to provide a fascinating insight into the innovative and creative sides of the working brain.

Partnering with four Australian corporations, the events aim to provide enlightening entertainment to lovers of art, science and good debate. Speakers will include art curators, artists and leading medical personalities.

The inaugural event will be held on 25th March 2010 and is supported by the Macquarie Group Foundation. “Interpretation” – the link between art and science will be discussed by Professor Vaughan Carr and guest artist Janet Laurence, followed by a private viewing of the Macquarie Group collection.

All monies raised will go directly to medical research to find the causes to prevent and cure schizophrenia.