Ladies Long Lunch

In January 2015 Rotary Club of Darwin member Chris Tuck proposed to the board that the club establish a major fund raiser called the Ladies Long Lunch. Chris already had experience in organising such an event as he had introduced it to the Rotary Club of Brighton, Victoria, several years ago when he was a member of that club. The board said yes and the biggest single fundraiser that the Rotary Club of Darwin has ever undertaken began. Chris assembled a team of key people from both within the club and outside it and the recipient of the fundraiser was identified.

The late Dr Sue Sayers, who sadly passed away in March 2016, was a highly respected member of the Menzies School of Health, based in Darwin.  Sue had the idea of establishing a pop-up mobile HealthLAB and was looking for funding. At the end of May 2015 the two projects were successfully realised.

The Menzies HealthLAB is an innovative interactive educational experience using modern technology to measure biomedical risk factors in a mobile “pop-up” laboratory. Direct engagement of all the public, with particular attention on youth and the Indigenous community occurs, with the aim of helping the community make positive lifestyle choices for better health. Personal measures of chronic disease biomarkers such as total body fat %, blood pressure and blood glucose are offered.

All the stories of the day can be read at: LLL 16 Special Report

 

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