Banquet For Babies
Our inaugural Banquet for Babies was a fantastic success!
As part of the evening, more than $135,000 was raised with net proceeds going directly to supporting research to prevent preterm birth.
Our Fetal Focus research project attracted more than $15,000 in pledged donations. These funds will be used to support the initial study aiming to demonstrate that treating the fetus directly rather than injecting the pregnant mother for the purpose of rapidly maturing the lungs before preterm birth is better for the woman; particularly those with diabetes. If you missed your chance to support this pioneering project, you can find our more and donate here.
We look forward to keeping you updated about the progress of our work, in particular, our preterm birth and fetal focus research projects.
As important as the financial outcome of the evening has been, the benefit to raising awareness of the importance of preterm birth research, and WIRF’s leading role to improve critical areas of women’s and infants’ health, is of immeasurable value.
We encourage you to browse the event photos located at the WIRF Facebook page.
About the event
Banquet For Babies is a highly anticipated inclusion to WA's calendar of flagship philanthropic events. Featuring some of the state's best chefs, the evening will showcase exquisite food and wine unique to our region all in the name of supporting research to prevent preterm birth.
Among other VIPs and dignitaries, Her Excellency, the Hon Kerry Sanderson AO, Governor of Western Australia and WIRF Patron, will be in attendance and deliver an address.
An auction on the evening will allow guests the opportunity to purchase some great items and experiences, including:
- Hippocampus Distillery – Spirit School Tour for 10 people
- Eagle Bay Getaway – four nights for eight people in a luxury house, including vouchers to nearby restaurants
- Directors Collection – an eclectic collection of wines from the cellars of the WIRF Board of Directors
- Fraser's Kitchen Experience – six guests will indulge in a six course degustation menu prepared by Chris Taylor
- Signed Cricket Bat – autographed by the Australian Squad for the 2013 series against the West Indies
- West Coast Eagles Corporate Box – VIP box for eight guests during the 2017 season
- Fremantle Dockers Corporate Box – VIP box for six guests during the 2017 season
- Western Force Corporate Box – seats for four guests in the fully catered Future Force lounge at a Western Force game of your choice in 2017
- Escape to Bali – seven nights in a stunning three-bedroom villa at the luxurious Karma Kandara resort on the Bukit Peninsula.
About the Women and Infants Research Foundation
The Women and Infants Research Foundation is Western Australia’s leading independent research institution dedicated to improving women, infants and reproductive health. WIRF conducts research into areas of women's and infants' health most important to our community.
About preterm birth research
In WA, one in 12 pregnancies ends too early, often causing significant problems for the child. In many cases the problems may be lifelong.
After several decades of targeted research we now have the knowledge to prevent a meaningful proportion of these births ending too early. The Western Australian Preterm Birth Prevention Initiative is a world-unique program with the single goal of safely lowering the rate of preterm birth in the state.
Chris Taylor, Executive Chef, Frasers Group
Fraser’s Group Executive Chef Chris Taylor oversees six unique venues in Perth - Fraser’s (Kings Park), BWG Steakhouse (Applecross), The Old Brewery (Swan River foreshore), Indiana (Cottesloe Beach), Botanical Café (Kings Park) and the Greenhouse (St Georges Tce). He is recognised as a leading chef within Perth and Australia and is known internationally for his promotion and use of Western Australian produce. He travels extensively educating chefs and providores of the quality of produce available from Western Australia and is frequently employed to promote the very best that WA has to offer through cooking demonstrations, high profile dinners and gala events.
Rhys Jones, Head Chef, Frasers
After completing his Apprenticeship at Fraser’s Restaurant in 2005, Rhys’s love and passion for cooking took him around the world working with a range of cuisines in Scotland, Canada and London. With a variety of accolades and experiences under his belt, Rhys has now settled back in his home town of Perth and has taken on the role of Head Chef for Perth’s iconic Fraser’s Restaurant.
Greg Farnan, Head Chef, Bluewater Grill Steakhouse
Greg has travelled the world learning all he can about food and how to serve great produce as simply and naturally as possible. As Western Australia’s leading exponent of the ‘great steakhouse experience,’ he’s passionate about beef, choosing only the best cuts to serve at BWG Steakhouse. He’s particularly proud of his signature 'Tomahawk Steak' a massive 1.4 to 2.7kg Wagyu beef rib eye steak, usually shared between two, or a few people, and carved at the table.
Brendan Pratt, Head Chef, Indiana
Formerly of Fraser’s Restaurant, Brendan completed his apprenticeship under the watchful eye of Executive Chef Chris Taylor. Winning multiple awards throughout this time and rising through the ranks to the position of Junior Sous, Brendan, with Fraser’s blessing, left to explore the world and its fascinating cuisines. Travelling to London and France, Brendan worked in Michelin star venues The Fat Duck, The Waterside Inn and The Ledbury. After a five year sabbatical, Brendan returns to the Fraser’s family as Indiana Head Chef.