Presentation of funds to our two major Charities for the 2020-21 year
Dr Nathaniel Dasyam, receives the donation from President Mike. 
We were privileged to have Dr Nathaniel Dasyam to receive a certificate for $20,000 on behalf of the Malaghan Institute. Dr Dasyam is working as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow with the Freemasons CAR T-cell research programme. The Malaghan Institute have a number of projects underway including hookworm trials to research how the hookworms change the state of the immune system so that our bodies systems don’t attack them. They are also working on the development of vaccines (Covid and others), so that New Zealand can generate our own vaccine supplies and not be beholden to international companies.
As our Jane Paterson, Chair of the Friends of Malaghan highlighted, the club has been supporting the Malaghan Institute for around 11 years and because every one of us has been affected in some way by the diseases it is researching, it still sits at the top of the clubs top charity choices – we are proud to continue our support.
Dr Andrew Marshall, Clinical lead for the Children's Hospital receiving the donation from President Mike.
It was also a delight to have Dr Andrew Marshall, Clinical Leader of Child Health at Wellington Hospital, receive a certificate representing the $20,000 raised as part of the clubs annual Charity Auction in May this year.
The funds will go towards the two whanau rooms at Te Wao Nui, the new Childrens Hospital. Port Nicholson club, along with many other clubs in the district, have pledged to raise $400,000 towards fitting out the new children’s unit. The whanau rooms will provide a space for families to chill out and relax while their children are staying at Te Wao Nui. Once again, we are proud to be closely involved in the project and thanks again to our own Bill Day who is running the Wellington Hospital Foundation.
A very proud Bill Day, Chairman of the Wellington Hospitals Foundation looks on.