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Formidable fundraising generates patient resources

March 18, 2013

Formidable fundraising generates patient resources From left Sara, Ariella and Tamar with over 100 toys and books for the hospital
A remarkable fundraising campaign from a former patient has produced critical funds for patients' resources at The Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital.

Former Vestibular Clinic patient, Tamar Black began her lengthy fundraising effort for the hospital last year, following successful treatment for Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV) under the care of Dr David Szmulewicz.

The ongoing campaign, which included numerous initiatives to encourage donations within Tamar's local community, raised $11,000 in 11 weeks for the clinic. Tamar, who works as a psychologist at The King David School in Armadale, said the school was incredibly supportive of the initiative and assisted via school-run events.

Tamar first attended the Eye and Ear in August last year after BPPV, an inner-ear condition affecting balance, had forced her to give up work and withdraw from her study and family commitments. 

 “I now feel better than I did before I became unwell and the improvement in my quality of life has been enormous, said Tamar.

After the success of her first campaign, Tamar initiated a toy drive on behalf of the Eye and Ear's paediatric patients. With a goal of 100 toys in 100 days, Tamar together with daughters Sara and Ariella collected 115 toys and books from friends and family in just one month.

“After completing my fundraiser for the Vestibular Clinic I felt that I still wanted to do more for the Eye and Ear. I wanted to teach my daughters about the importance of giving without expecting anything in return.