Strong and inspiring women were celebrated at the Toowoomba Hospital Foundation’s Women of Strength Luncheon on Friday 20 July. More than 440 guests attended the event at Blank Space in support of the Toowoomba Hospital Emergency Department to hear speaker Dr Fiona Wood’s incredible story.

In 2002, Dr Wood and her team worked to care for badly burned victims of the Bali bombings. It was during this time that the “spray-on skin” cell technology Dr Wood pioneered for in treating burns victims grabbed international headlines. In recognition of her work with the Bali bombing victims Fiona was named a Member of the Order of Australia in 2003. Dr Wood was named Australian of the Year in 2005 and was voted Australia’s Most Trusted Person from 2005 to 2010.

Toowoomba Hospital Foundation CEO Alison Kennedy said it was a pleasure to host Dr Fiona Wood at the Women of Strength Luncheon. “Our Women of Strength series is built on the simple act of spreading strength and inspiration from one woman to the next and we couldn’t have asked for a better guest speaker in Dr Fiona Wood,” she said. “As a women of strength Fiona is an incredible inspiration to many people and with her pioneering efforts in the medical field she has helped support and lead the way for those that come after her.”

This is the third year the Toowoomba Hospital Foundation has held its Women of Strength Luncheon to help raise funds for life-saving equipment at the Toowoomba Base Hospital while providing an outlet for the local community to recognise the strong women of the Darling Downs.

Alison said that everyone who attended the Luncheon and gave their support through donations has helped to directly save the lives of those around them. The community helped raise $38,414 which will go towards purchasing a $40,000 Hamilton ventilator so that hospital staff can continue their great work. Alison gave thanks to all guests participating in the event and the local business community who rallied the cause.

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