Leading publicans, Public House Management Group (PHMG), hosted its annual Ladies Luncheon to raise funds for The Royal Hospital for Women (RHW). The luncheon raised a staggering $150,000 which will be donated in full to The Royal for specialised equipment that will spearhead a new era in ultrasound technology for unborn babies.

The exclusive, sold-out event was held at Bistro Moncur Woollahra, hosted by News Reporter, Ryan Phelan and PHMG’s Harriet Waugh among 130 influential locals and media personalities. Key guests included Kate Waterhouse, Francesca Packer, Terry Biviano, Clare Paspaley, Roxy Jacenko, Georgie Curran, Nicole Gazal O’Neil, Skye Leckie and ex-Editor of Harper’s BAZAAR Kellie Hush.

Core to the heart of PHMG is a culture of significant philanthropic work and charity donations. Since July 2016, PHMG has donated a remarkable $1.1million to charity organisations across NSW, including the Sydney Children’s Hospital, the Black Dog Institute, The Royal Hospital for Women and SISTER2sister. Earlier this year, PHMG raised and donated $68,000 to Sydney-based charity SISTER2sister, in addition to the $200,000 raised in 2017 for Sydney Children’s Hospital.

Harriet Waugh of Public House Management Group said: “We are tremendously humbled by the generosity of our community, and their willingness to get behind such a remarkable cause. It’s an honour to contribute to the work of Royal Hospital for Women and enable them to purchase this new technology which will bring us one step closer to preventing stillbirths.”

The donation will enable The Royal to purchase a Verasonics Vantage research ultrasound system, the first of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere. The technology marks a major technological advancement for antenatal care and has the ability to identify risk factors for the unborn baby in far greater detail than ever before. The technology will be used to evaluate the growth and development of unborn babies, safeguarding them by comprehensively identifying any risk factors and thereby reducing the rate of stillbirths in Australia.

Professor Alec Welsh, Maternal Fetal Medicine at The Royal Hospital for Women said: “The generosity of PHMG and guests of the Bistro Moncur Ladies Lunch will enable our Maternal Fetal Medicine team at The Royal to significantly advance the work we are doing to understand and identify risk factors in the unborn baby. The research grade ultrasound system will be of enormous collaborative benefit; with this specialised equipment also supporting research projects in our Newborn Intensive Care Unit. Many babies and families will be positively impacted, and we have the opportunity to shape future models of scanning and care in pregnancy”

Source: Royal Hospital For Women