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In the PICU with Grant

Posted on February 17th, 2013 by admin

In November last year our ambassador Grant Hackett paid a visit to the Mater Children’s Hospital. This was an opportunity for Grant to see first hand just how the money raised by the Preston James Fund is making a real difference to critical care for children with acute or life threatening illnesses at the Paediatric […]

$70,000 for intensive care equipment

Posted on July 2nd, 2012 by admin

The Preston James Fund Ball 2012 raised an incredible profit of just over $70,000 on the night and we are delighted to announce that the funds have purchased care equipment for the Mater Children’s Hospital Paediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU). The equipment includes a kidney dialysis machine (valued at over $68,000). A kidney dialysis machine […]

Saba’s story of hope

Posted on July 2nd, 2012 by admin

At just 11 months of age, beautiful Saba (pictured right) nearly lost her life. Her story is told in the words of her mother, Erica. “Saba’s story is one of heartache, hope and miracles. She was born a healthy and gorgeous baby girl then at 11 months of age our whole world crumbled. One night […]

$70,000 from PJF Ball 2012

Posted on June 16th, 2012 by admin

Our supporters never cease to amaze us. Despite difficult economic times and an unseasonably cold night, our warm-hearted supporters donned their dancing shoes and opened their wallets, celebrating long into the night for the Preston James Fund’s Autumn Fair Ball. The event raised produced a staggering profit of $70,000. This eclipsed our expectations and was […]

Major sponsor announced

Posted on April 29th, 2012 by admin

UQ Business School major sponsor of the 2012 Preston James Fund Ball One of Australia’s leading business schools, the University of Queensland Business School, has thrown its support behind one of the year’s most glamorous social events, the annual Preston James Fund Ball. UQ Business School is the major sponsor for this year’s ball, which […]

We heart friends like Marlena

Posted on January 24th, 2012 by admin

How many 16 year olds would forgo birthday gifts at their party? Well, the Preston James Fund is very thankful to know one such young woman. Marlena Litchfield asked friends to donate funds instead of gifts at her 16th birthday celebration on 22 January. Marlena, a good friend of Noelle’s (Preston’s sister), helped to raise $275 through […]

Our Leading Lady

Posted on December 14th, 2011 by admin

Mary Steele, our co-chair, was recognised on 14 December 2011 by the Mater Foundation for her philanthropic efforts in the name of her son Preston. At a supporters’ breakfast, Lesley Ray, Fundraising Director for the Mater Foundation, recounted a touching story about meeting Mary in 2004, not long after Preston’s death. Lesley has been a […]

New critical care equipment

Posted on December 1st, 2011 by admin

More critical care equipment possible as the PJ Fund donates $35,000 The Preston James Fund is delighted to inform our supporters and fundraisers that in addition to the $100,000 given toward life-saving research, the Fund has handed over $35,000 to critical care equipment for the Mater Children’s Hospital’s Paediatric Intensive Care Unit. Our contribution goes […]

$100,000 for research

Posted on December 1st, 2011 by admin

The Preston James Fund has donated $100,000 to the Paediatric Critical Care Research Group at the Mater Children’s Hospital – supporting the continuation of vital research to improve the outcomes of critically ill children. An enormous and sincere thank you to our supporters who made this possible. Highlights of the research program over the last […]

A swimmingly good day for charity!

Posted on November 26th, 2011 by admin

On 16 October 2011, the Billabong Swim School at the Tweed Heads – owned by Judy and John Bonning –  opened their doors to the community for a Fair Day – and raised over $3,000 for the Mater Children’s Hospital Paediatric Intensive Care Unit. The money was raised in the name of Kailis Smith whose […]