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At the VIP Breakfast event held on 24 October at The Botanic Gardens Restaurant, Ms. Kate Dixon, President of Kids for Life, presented Mrs. Sue-Anne Sanig, a co-founder of the Institute, a cheque of $150,000 towards meningococcal research.

Standing from the left: Sue-Anne Sanig, Michael Sanig, Kate Dixon, Dr. Kaseko, Sabna Krishnan, Izabela Banovec, Dr. Mahaworasilpa

Early this year SSRI was privileged to be selected as one of the two beneficiaries of the 2007 Kids for Life Annual Ball held on 24 March at Sydney’s Hordern Pavilion, where around 700 guests including celebrities, media personnel and distinguished supporters gathered to help raise funds for meningococcal and juvenile diabetes research.

Standing from the left: Sue-Anne Sanig, Robin Millner and Dr. Kaseko

The donated funds would expedite SSRI’s research into development of a broad spectrum prophylactic vaccine and therapeutic serum. Meningococcal disease is an infectious disease, caused by meningococci that can be found at the back of the throat or in the nose of about 10% of the community. It is spread by contact through the respiratory droplets of infected people. If not correctly diagnosed and promptly treated, it can result in death within hours after the onset of the infection, or permanent disability including visual and hearing loss, speech disorders, mental retardation, and loss of limbs. For more information on awareness of meningococcal disease, please visit the website of the Stephen Sanig Foundation.

Since the Institute currently receives no government funding, it therefore relies on the kindness and generosity of the public and its supporters. The Institute is grateful to the Kids for Life team for the time and effort they put in establishing this great organisation and their support of the Institute.