On Thursday December 2019, a High Tea was held to thank all supporters of The Baird Institute for their generosity and to provide an update on the work of The Institute. We all gathered at The Strathfield Event Centre for a delicious High Tea overlooking the golf course on a rather hot and hazy afternoon. We were entertained with some wonderful uplifting songs from The Sydney Street Choir.
Professor Bannon and Dr Woldendorp along with many of the Baird Institute supporters joined in the singing (with a bit of dancing taking place too!). The patron of The Baird Institute, The Hon. Michael Kirby spoke of his support for The Baird Institute over many years and entertained us with his stories of when he had open heart surgery performed by Prof Bannon many years ago. We had updates from two of our educational scholarship recipients, Dr Charis Tan and Dr Kei Woldendorp and an update from Vantari VR who have developed some virtual reality software for use in aortic surgery and received some seed funding from The Baird Institute in the start-up phase.
Finally, Professor Bannon provided the group with an update on the research and training work of The Institute before we enjoyed many delicious sandwiches, scones and cakes along with a cup of tea all served on beautiful Wedgewood crockery.