President's Message

President, Belinda MacLeod-Smith

March 2019

Hello and welcome to the start of what I hope will be a wonderful new year for all our members. I’m very proud (and slightly daunted) to be picking up Presidential duties from Louisa Walsh, who leaves us to pursue some very exciting academic pursuits.

I’m also thrilled to welcome our new Secretary, Maarit, who brings an enormous amount of expertise to the role, and grateful that we have the continued brilliant contributions of our Treasurer, David, Membership Officer Vanessa and fundraising guru, Martina.

I want to sincerely thank the committee members who stood down at our November AGM. We say farewell to Louisa (President), Camille (Vice President), Emily (Secretary), Cheryl (Events) and Ariella (Editor) and give a massive thanks for the contributions they’ve made to HLTTV, and the transplant community generally. We are currently receiving applications for vacant roles and would love to hear from you if you’d like to make a difference to the Alfred transplant family.

HLTTV has played a massive role in my life and that of my family’s. When we suddenly moved to Melbourne from Adelaide in 2012, knowing no-one and very little about the journey to transplant, it was the Heart and Lung Transplant Trust volunteers who were there for us, helping with advice, support and most importantly of all – connection.

On a personal note, Louisa and Camille have played a special role in making me (and my family) feel welcome, introducing us to Melbourne, the world of transplant, and demonstrating how volunteering with the HLTTV ‘family’ is a wonderful way of giving back and contributing to the transplant community in a meaningful way.

Given the huge breadth of work they’ve both undertaken during the last seven plus years, I certainly feel we have big shoes to fill. Louisa’s excellent business acumen, thoughtfulness and attention to detail means HLTTV is left in a robust financial position, well placed to meet our goals for 2019. I am so pleased that Louisa will retain an informal role with HLTTV – she’s an incredible asset, and we’re very grateful.

As for our lovely Camille – her work in the time I’ve known her has been transformational – literally creating the personality of HLTTV through her incredible design talents, blitzing us with her amazing fundraising efforts, and enchanting us with the adventures of her gorgeous puppy Wally – a.k.a Walter the Wonderdog. It has been a gift to work with her.

2019 is already shaping up to be a big year for us – our committee started the year with a strategic planning session, which saw us lock down all our usual events – we look forward to seeing you at this year’s Easter and Xmas BBQs, and most excitingly, our Spring Gala Ball – all the dates and details can be seen on our website, and in our Secretary’s report.

I look forward to sharing more with you over the course of the year.

Yours in good health,

Belinda MacLeod-Smith
President of the Heart and Lung Transplant Trust (Victoria)