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Take a Breath May 2018

A word from the Chair Hi all,

Welcome to our Autumn newsletter. We have been busy with our events calendar for 2018 which you will find below, look forward to seeing you at some of our events.

Cheers, Sharon


Fast Fact Here are some fun facts about Autumn:

  • People who live on the equator or central area of the planet never experience autumn.

  • According to seasonal patterns of relationships in Facebook profiles, autumn is the time when more singles change their status to "in a relationship" or "engaged" than the yearly average.

  • During spring and summer, most people eat more carbs. However, they develop a tendancy for fattier foods in the autumn, which leads to seasonal weight gain.

  • Research suggests that low levels of vitamin D (the sunshine vitamin) can lead to weight gain during autumn and winter. Lack of vitamin D reduces fat breakdown and triggers fat storage.


Whats New for You Thanks to the kind donations and fundraising received - we have been busy purchasing equipment to help you:

  • Portable Oxygen Concentrators - these new devices allow patients on oxygen to be more mobile, even travel long distances. We have 8 of these available for loan.

  • Wheelchairs - we now have 5 wheelchairs for home use.

  • Motomed Machine - this is a fantastic machine that enables physio for patients that are not conscious or not able to get out of bed.

  • Coffee Vouchers - thanks to Jamaica Blue we have vouchers so that you can enjoy a hot beverage of your choice for only $2 at Jamaica Blue, Fiona Stanley Hospital.

Upcoming Events:

Knitting Stall organised by Rona Black

We are thankful to have Rona Black again host her annual knitting stall this coming Easter long weekend. If you are heading down South for the break, please drop in to say hi to Rona and her team and see the wonderful works they have been making all year in Dunsborough.

When:        Good Friday 30th March to Sunday 1st April Where:       Outside Coles in Dunsborough Shopping Centre

Movie Night

Enjoy a night at the movies and support the Heart & Lung Transplant Foundation WA, hosted by the Youth Committee. The movie is "Isle of the Dogs" click on the picture to see the trailer.

Date:          Sunday 15 April 2018 Time:           6.30pm Venue:        Luna SX, 13 Essex St, Fremantle Cost:          $20 Tickets:        click on this link to purchase tickets

Superhero Themed Quiz Night

PHNA in conjunction with ourselves and ODAT invite you to join us to Celebrate World Pulmonary Hypertension Day, for a "Superhero Themed" Quiz Night, proudly hosted by the Lion's Club of Whitford.

Date:          Saturday 5 May 2018 Time:           6.30pm Venue:        Beaumaris Community Centre Cost:          $15 Tickets:        click on this link for more information and to purchase tickets

HBF Run for a Reason - 27th May:

Its on again and our fabulous Youth Committee are putting together a team to run / walk / jog in the event. We encourage you to participate in this event.

Enter before 27th April to collect your event t-shirt early.

Use this link to join our team https://www.registernow.com.au/secure/Register.aspx?E=28280&G=60517

If you are unable to participate, but want to support someone who is fundraising on our behalf for the event - here are the links to 2 people that have already commenced fundraising:

Sharareh - https://hbfrun2018.everydayhero.com/au/my-heart-my-reason Meghann - https://hbfrun2018.everydayhero.com/au/meghann-wiens

Save the dates:

Our Calendar of Events for 2018 is:

31 March & 1 April      Knitting Stall fundraiser in Dunsborough hosted by Rona Black 15 April                      Movie Night 5 May                         Quiz Night (World PH Day) with PHNA 22 May                       Morning Tea "Travel tips, insurances & vaccinations" 27 May                       HBF Run for a Reason 4 August                    Sausage Sizzle Bunnings Cockburn (Donate Life week) 14 August                  Morning Tea "Medication Management" 26 August                  City to Surf 6 October                   Tree Planting & Thanksgiving Ceremony 31 October                 AGM

If you are able to host a fundraiser for us this year please let us know and we can work with you to make it fun and successful - contact Katya on 6151 1195 or email info@heartlungtransplantfoundation.org.au

Early Bird New 2018 Entertainment book Offer:

The new Entertainment Book for 2018 is about to be released - all purchases made before 1st May will receive a selection of valuable Early Bird Offers you can use before the launch.

Order your new 2018 book and support HLTF - click here to purchase or click through the new book online.

Volunteers Needed:

If you are able to assist please let Katya on 6151 1195 or email info@heartlungtransplantfoundation.org.au:

  • Volunteers to sell the Entertainment Book (its all done on line so all you need to do is promote to your circle of friends and family).

  • 4 August Sausage Sizzle Bunnings Cockburn (help needed to cook and serve)


Past Events:

Morning Tea and update

It was great to see about 30 people join us for our first get together for 2018. Sharon gave an informative talk on Prevention of Skin Cancer (if you want a copy of the notes please let us know). We all enjoyed the morning tea afterwards. Thanks to Donate Life, PHNA and CFWA for joining us.

Heart transplant education morning

The first FSH annual heart transplant recipient education session was held on 22nd February, 2018 with 75 patients and support people in attendance. Led by Nurse Practitioner Clare Fazackerley, the session provided patients with a wealth of important information. “We covered a variety of topics including immunosuppression, post-heart transplant management, transplant complications, service updates, social and community support, and gave everyone the opportunity to ask questions from a panel of hospital experts,” she said.  Clare believes the session is a good opportunity for patients to establish their own networks as they are going through similar experiences. “Having the occasion to meet others in a similar situation is important in a patient’s recovery, as it is a safe place for patients and their partners to share their journey,” she said. The session is designed for individuals actively listed and awaiting heart transplant and all transplant recipients. Clare hopes patients left the session with an improved knowledge related to heart transplant management. “Providing cardiac transplant recipients access up to date information related to transplant care, reminds them of the importance of medication compliance, symptoms reporting and of the services available to them including daily nurse practitioner clinics and pharmacist consultation,” she said.From other organisations:

  • Heart Foundation have their annual memorial and thanksgiving service 6th May:

  • PlusLife (supported by the Rotary Club of Mill Point) are hosting a 2018 Charity Golf Day on Friday 11 May. Click here for further information.

  • Nutrition Australia - it was Smart Eating Week a few weeks ago and Nutrition Australia are encouraging everyone to eat more vegetables. They have created a website containing everything you need to know about vegetables. Click here for further information.

  • PHNA (Pulmonary Hypertension Network Australia) have set their 2018 calendar of dates for their Support Group Gatherings click here for more information.

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