Ambassador Bazard Attends the Inaugural Gala of the Raoul Warocqué Foundation for Medical Research

Embassy of The Bahamas, Brussels
Brussels, Belgium
14 May 2024

Press Release

Ambassador H.E. Cheryl Bazard attended the inaugural Gala of the Raoul Warocqué Foundation for Medical Research, which successfully raised significant funds to support medical research in Hainaut. 

Ambassador H.E. Cheryl Bazard attended the first inaugural gala of the Raoul Warocqué Foundation for Medical Research at the Château de Seneffe. The event, supported by Mr. Tommy Leclerq, Governor of the Province of Hainaut and President of the Raoul Warocqué Foundation, saw nearly 300 guests.

The gala, organized to support medical research in Hainaut, was a resounding success. Professor Philippe Dubois, Rector of UMONS, spoke about the foundation’s mission, stating, “With our new Raoul Warocqué Foundation, I am convinced that we have the tools and expertise necessary to meet the challenges of today and tomorrow in terms of health, medical care, and health prevention.”

The event featured a notable announcement by Professor Ruddy Wattier, Vice-Rector for Research, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship at UMONS, who presented a check for 250,000 euros to the Foundation. This generous donation, a testament to the dedication of UMONS researchers, will greatly enhance medical research efforts in the region.

The gala also included an auction of celebrity-owned items, such as a harmonica once belonging to Thielemans, various works of art, and football jerseys. The auction, led by French actor Jean-Pierre Castaldi, successfully raised substantial additional funds for the Foundation.

The Raoul Warocqué Foundation aims to support dynamic research, create conditions for excellence, and encourage young doctors and paramedics with research grants and mandates.

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