The Women’s Health Research Foundation of Canada Inc (WHRFC), dedicated to improving women’s health through research, education and raising awareness, held its fifth successful Dance For Your Health (DFYH) fundraising gala at the Masonic Centre at 420 Corydon Avenue on Thursday March 7, 2019.
The main hall was bathed in green lights for the St. Paddy’s Day Party and smelled of the Spring flowers on the tables ! Chrissy Troy from 103.1 Virgin Radio steared the event with her enthusiastic presence. Past-President Dr. Lynn Scruby introduced the Foundation and welcomed everyone to join in the evening of fun and dance. Three of our four 2018 WHRFC graduate student Scholarship winners, all doing research on women’s health at the University of Manitoba reminded us of why we need to raise funds for women’s health research. Janelle Boram Lee an MSC student in Community Health Sciences, her supervisors Dr. Marni Brownell and Dr. Nathan Nickel, told us about her project ‘Maternal justice involvement and childhood outcomes of child protective services and maltreatment indicators in Manitoba’. Lindsey Mazur, an MSC student in Community Health Sciences, her supervisor Dr. Deborah McPhail, spoke about her project “Experiences of stigma in prenatal/postnatal dietetic care among women with high BMI”. Kerry Dust our part-time award winner and a PhD student in Medical Microbiology, her supervisor Dr. Alberto Severini, spoke about “The significance of HPV E6 PDZ binding domain on transformation of primary human neonatal keratinocytes”. WOW Catering presented us with a tasty Irish Buffet, including roasted beef brisket with Irish stout, Colcannon potatoes and Bailey’s Irish cream trifle, which was enjoyed by all. Dinner was accompanied by wine Sponsored by Manitoba Liquor Mart. After dinner a dance troupe from the McConnell School of Dance swept in and astounded us with their ‘hard shoe’ Irish step dancing. Over 20 dancers took turns impressing us with their energy and precision. They capped their performance with an instruction session which brought many guests onto the dance floor where they learned five different steps including how to bow correctly at the end of a peformance. Truly a healthy active experience for our guests !
The funds raised through ticket sales, sponsorships and raffles combined with our corporate campaign, our annual target mail campaign, and a bequest, helped to raise over $17,000 in 2018-2019 to fund the Foundation’s activities, in particular the endowment of a second annual scholarship and funds for a third scholarship for the best research project on women’s health by a full-time graduate student at the University of Manitoba (www.whrfcinc.com). The evening was enjoyed by all !