As Tynan Motors two big events that celebrated the life of the beloved Michael Tynan come to an end, we reflect on the successful efforts to raise over $500,000 for local medical research in St George and Sutherland hospitals that will save lives.
"This is the 50th anniversary of Tynan Motors, the business my father started," Madeline Tynan said.
"And dad would have wanted us to give back to the community, so the family came up with two events that would support the wonderful work of the St George and Sutherland Medical Research Foundation."
The beginning of the two events started with the Michael Tynan Memorial Challenge in late October. With three events rolled into two days it was a major success for the Tynan Family and the St George Sutherland Medical Research Foundation in raising awareness and much needed funds. The challenge consisted of a paddle from Wollongong to Bundeena, a drive from The University of Wollongong Innovation Campus to Southern Districts Rugby Club in The Sutherland Shire and a 2 day walk also beginning from The University of Wollongong Innovation Campus, through the national park to the Sutherland Shire and St George area.
"It all culminated last week with a gala dinner. Four hundred people attended." Madeline Tynan continued.
The Tynan Motors 50th Anniversary Charity Ball concluded the events that has led to raising OVER an extraordinary $500,000 for the SSMRF -St George Sutherland Medical Research Foundation. Family, friends, colleagues and anyone who wanted to show their support attended the gala dinner at Four points by Sheraton Sydney in mid November and it was safe to say everyone had ball. Those involved from Tynan Motors and the SSMRF put in a huge effort to raise the amount of money we have and it wouldn't have been possible without the generosity of everyone who has contributed -Thank you.
Foundation Chair Professor John Edmonds said Madeline and the Tynan family epitomised philanthropy.
"The Tynan family's commitment to giving back to their community is an example to all of us. Michael Tynan was a true leader of his community, in business and in his family. These two events are a fitting tribute to him. On behalf of the Foundation I thank Michael's wife Annette for her her support. And of course my fellow Board member Madeline Tynan committed an extraordinary effort to this."
The Foundation has committed close to $1m to funding seven research projects at the hospitals.
The included studies into septicaemia; blood clots; temperature control in acute brain injury; swallow disorders; the importance of exercise on chemotherapy patients; treating acute sciatica; inflammatory diseases.
The importance behind these events go towards funding these projects so that treatment can become available in the near future and wouldn't be possible without donations and fundraising.