Pictured above is Professor Vasso Apostolopoulos (right) from the medical research centre at Victoria University accepting a cheque for $25,000 from President Ian Hovey (left). Also pictured is Narges Dargahi who is a research scientist on Professor Vasso's team. The amount of the cheque is the net proceeds from the club's very successful annual golf day.

In her speech, Professor Vasso expressed her profound gratitude for our contribution to help find cures for cancer. She explained that some of the funds will be specifically directed to research into the identification of “marks” in the body which are precursors to the formation of cancer cells. So far, her experiments are being conducted on mice but, if the theory is proven, it will be a major breakthrough in detecting cancer before it actually starts. This would then lead to the design of relevant vaccines to eradicate the disease at its infancy.

Our club has been proud to have donated significant funds to the cause. As a way of thanking the club, Professor Vasso will return on a regular basis to deliver a series of health-related talks which will include cancer, diabetes, MS and dementia.