Teens involved in two very successful fundraising activities in 2013 for the Bundaberg Health Services Foundation have seen just what joy they can bring to sick children.
Members of the Bundaberg Junior Tenpin Bowling Association and bicycle rider Mitch Dwyer visited Bundaberg hospital recently to see what equipment purchases had been made from their marathon bowling event and Childers to Charity Bike Ride.
Manager of the Bundaberg Health Services Foundation Maria Burnet said it was always great for donors to take a tour and see just how their fundraising activities had helped patients and staff.
The marathon bowling event raised $3931 which purchased a new examination couch for the treatment room in the paediatric unit. The previous couch had been at a fixed height making it difficult to perform procedures. The new one has the ability to alter height and make the patient more comfortable.
The 2014 Marathon Bowling Event will be held on July 13 and fundraising is already underway to ensure another successful event.
The Childers To Charity, where Mitch rode from Bundaberg to Childers Hospital, raised $3333 which was used to buy a new sofa bed for one of the isolation rooms. The previous beds had metal springs which were deteriorating.
“It’s important that parents are able to stay with their children in hospital as it has a positive impact on the child and their recovery and these beds will ensure greater comfort during their time in the ward,” Ms Burnet said.
Funds raised for the Foundation are used to buy non-government funded equipment, the extras that make a stay more comfortable and help enhance their care.
Ms Burnet said the tenpin bowling association and marathon co-ordinator Del Ross were once again planning this year’s event to be held in at the Bundy Bowl and Leisure Centre in the early part of this year.
People who wish to organise fundraisers to help local patients should contact Ms Burnet at the Foundation on 4150 2863.