The Sifu Jim Fung Memorial Fund for Cancer Research (also known as the ‘Memorial Fund’) was established by the Fung family following the passing of the Academy’s founder, Grandmaster Jim Fung, in March 2007. Grandmaster Fung (known to his students as ‘Sifu Jim’), suffered from nasopharyngeal carcinoma, a rare head and neck cancer.
The Memorial Fund aims to raise donations for cancer research through lessons, workshops and social events at the International Wing Chun Academy.
As of 2022, the Fund has donated $30,000 to cancer research through donations to St Vincent’s Hospital, The Kinghorn Cancer Centre and QIMR Berghofer.
Current Memorial Fund Activity
We are now raising funds to make a second $10,000 donation to QIMR Berghofer (also known as the ‘Queensland Institute of Medical Research’). QIMR is currently researching an adoptive T-cell immunotherapy treatment for nasopharyngeal carcinoma.
The Memorial Fund has an official Letter of Authority to raise funds for QIMR Berghofer.
Memorial Fund Balance
The balance of the Fund is $2,825.48 as of 18/12/2023.
Past Memorial Fund Donations
Third Donation (2022)
Professor Corey Smith gave a comprehensive presentation on QIMR’s research into adoptive T-cell immunotherapy for nasopharyngeal carcinoma (NPC). He also detailed QIMR’s collaborations with Hong Kong University and their progress towards a Phase II trial for the treatment.
Following the presentation, Professor Smith, Dr Katie Lineburg and Dr Nancy Cloake gave a tour of QIMR’s laboratories and showed some of the equipment used to study cells on a molecular level. They all expressed their sincere gratitude to the Memorial Fund and emphasised the importance of private contributions to medical research.
Second Donation (2017)
The donation was accepted by the Director of the Centre, Prof David Thomas, who expressed his gratitude to the Fund and pledged that the donation would be directed towards research into ‘rare cancers’ (such as nasopharyngeal carcinoma), which combined are more numerous in incidence than ‘common cancers’.
Following the presentation of the donation to Prof Thomas, Community and Corporate Partnerships Coordinator Jessica Jones took Simo Linda and Tristan Fung on a tour of the Centre and its facilities. Ms Jones thanked the Fund for its donation and stressed the importance of private donations as funding from the NSW Government and NHMRC is limited and only covers a small part of the Centre’s costs.
First Donation (2010)
The Memorial Fund’s first donation was made to the Medical Oncology Department of St Vincent’s Hospital in Sydney on the 26th of May 2010.
The donation was accepted by the Department’s Director, Dr David Dalley, who was also Sifu Jim’s personal physician. Dr Dalley said that he was delighted with the Academy’s generous donation which would be spent on laboratory research into cancer treatments at St Vincent’s. He said this research had already produced a cancer vaccine and an antibody which were being tested in clinical trials.
At the time of the donation, St Vincent’s Medical Oncology Department cared for over 700 new and nearly 4,000 follow-up patients and carried out over 3,500 chemotherapeutic treatments per year.
Volunteer to Help
We are currently looking for individuals who would like to volunteer to assist with the Fund’s objectives. Specifically, we are looking for help with:
- Event organisation
- Fundraising ideas
- Raising awareness of the Fund and its objectives
If you would like to get involved, please contact Tristan Fung at Sydney HQ.
If you would like to make a donation to the Fund, we have a donation box on the Front Desk at Sydney HQ. If you wish to make a bank transfer, the Fund’s account details are available upon application.
Contributions from Businesses
We often run raffles and competitions to raise donations for the Fund. Please contact us if your business is able to donate products or services to the Fund.
The Memorial Fund is not a registered charity and cannot issue receipts for donations.
To make a tax-deductible donation, please contact the charity directly (see Donate Now – QIMR Berghofer).