8 12 2008

CHERUBS Australia Annual Member Forum – Melbourne 2009

 I am pleased to announce that CHERUBS Australia has been successful in obtaining a $3,000 grant from the City of Melbourne to help fund this year’s CHERUBS Australia Annual Forum (CAAF), which will be held at the Rydges Hotel in North Melbourne (Cnr Flemington and Harker Rd North Melbourne – Opposite the Royal Children’s Hospital) on Friday 16th and Saturday 17th, with a family day on Sunday 18th October 2009.


 Rydges North Melbourne was chosen for its competitive pricing, standard of rooms and convenient location—just a short tram ride from the heart of Melbourne and close to the Royal Children’s Hospital and the Royal Women’s Hospital.

 If you would like to book accommodation at Rydges, please go to http//  or call Alex Jonas on (03) 9329 1788. I inspected the recently refurbished hotel guest rooms and found them to be spacious, clean and comfortable, and they catered well for families.


In addition to the grant, we have also set a fundraising target of $3,000 to raise the balance of the conference budget. The total budget will cover the cost of conference facility hire and catering (morning tea, lunch & afternoon tea).

 The conference program will incorporate medical workshops on Friday and support workshops on Saturday. Speakers are yet to be confirmed, however, we already have commitment from Dr Michael Stewart (Consultant Neonatologist—Royal Women’s Hospital and the Royal Children’s Hospital) and Theresa Lynch (Bereavement and Support Counsellor from the Fetal Management Unit—Royal Women’s Hospital) to facilitate workshops.

 In addition to the workshops, two social events will be organised. There will be a family dinner on Saturday night at a suitable restaurant close to the hotel, and a family day on Sunday at the Werribee Open Range Zoo, which is full of amazing African animals living in a wide, open savannah—the kids (and adults) will love it!



 We are expecting this year’s CAAF to be as successful as past CAAFs and look forward to meeting up with new and old CHERUBS friends. We hope you can join us here in Melbourne.


 Margaret Polacska

Fundraising/Funding Coordiantor

On behalf of the CAAF Melbourne 2009 Committee




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