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(L to R) Mandy Brady, Mamata Gurung, Salina Ghimire Pandey, Prashansa Bhetwal,
Monique James, Dee Dahal, Smriti Shrestha, Alison Vinkovic, Manjeeta Shrestha,
Ping Xie, Roberto Rapadas, Lian Yang
Inaugural Diwali celebrations
at Hunters Hill Private Hospital
Staff at Hunters Hill Private Hospital have marked the Hindu celebration of Diwali with a smorgasbord
of traditional Indian and Nepalese food.
The first Diwali potluck lunch was organised by five Hunters
Hill staff: Deekshya Dahal (clinical co-ordinator), Bishal
Dhital (ward clerk) and Prashansa Bhetwal, Salina Ghimire
Pandey and Mamata Gurung (assistants in nursing). The
women decided to host the lunch to share their culture with
Mrs Dahal said: “Everyone was so excited to get involved
and learn about Diwali. We felt so touched to see that
everyone cares so much about each other and our culture.”
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Diwali is the Hindu festival of lights celebration which lasts
over five days and marks the start of the Hindu new year.
During the celebration families come together to share food
and spend time together.
“The celebration brings everyone together. We pray for
wealth and happiness for our families,” Mrs Dahal said.
Golden effort for
A clinical nurse specialist (CNS) from Strathfield
Private Hospital has shown her skills away from
the hospital, picking up two gold medals at the
Dragon Boat World Championships.
Amanda Beveridge represented Australia in her age
group, competing in the 200m, 500m, 1km and 2km,
as well as the women’s and mixed crew races. Along
with the gold medals, Amanda also received four
The experienced CNS started dragon boat racing six
years ago and has competed in multiple international
competitions since then.
She manages to train four times a week, in Blackwattle
Bay in Sydney.
Westmead turns pink for breast cancer
Westmead Private Hospital was awash with pink during October as staff supported Breast Cancer
A pink morning tea and bra-decorating competition
generated plenty of discussion among staff, doctors
Led by nurse unit managers Marta Toth-Gulyas and
Samantha Kent, the team raised more than $1,800 for the
Staff wanted to show their support for the many patients
they treat on a daily basis who are affected by cancer.
They also wanted to raise awareness about the
importance of regular self-examinations and seeking
expert advice when needed.
Donvale dig deep
to raise money for
Staff from Warringal Private Hospital and Donvale
Rehabilitation Hospital have raised more than
$4,000 for pancreatic cancer research at their first
120 staff across both sites had their general knowledge
tested during the night which was also filled with games
Money raised was donated to the Pancare Foundation,
which aims to improve the lives of those affected by
pancreatic cancer through public awareness, research,
education and support. The foundation was established by
Warringal surgeon Dr Mehrdad Nikfarjam eight years ago.
The hospital is grateful to everyone who attended the
night and the small businesses in the Warringal and
Heidelberg community who supported the evening with
donations and prizes. It is hoped the event will become
an annual fundraiser.