Sick children at Bundaberg Hospital will benefit from a $19,666.50 donation from Sea FM’s recent Give Me Five For Kids fundraiser held in JuneBundaberg Health Services Foundation manager Maria Burnet congratulated the team from Sea FM on this month-long fundraiser particularly in a difficult fundraising climate. “All their hard work and effort is commendable and those members of the community and businesses that got behind this project also should be congratulated,’’ she said. All money will stay local and will assist paediatric patients at Bundaberg Hospital. This year’s wish list includes a range of equipment (non-government funded) to help children seeking medical treatment in not only the children’s ward but other departments such as physiotherapy, child health, child development services and special care. “During the past four years the fundraiser has been held, Give Me Five for Kids has donated just over $60,000 which is an amazing effort,’’ Ms Burnet said. Last year’s $18, 803 purchased a range of equipment including
- A cough Assist Machine (the first of its kind for Bundaberg Hospital). This is excellent for use with patients who have difficulty moving secretions from the lungs including those children with cystic fibroris, Duchenne or Muscular Dystrophy. Cost: $13,000.
- Special Needs Infant Mannequin: Newborn size female infant for teaching/practice with insertion/care of nasogastric tube for nursing and medical students and staff orienting to infant/paediatric care. Cost: $700
- Infant Warmer: To care for infants/toddlers in resus or crisis situations to provide warm environment. Cost: $6250
The Bundaberg Health Services Foundation was established in 1999 as the fundraising arm of the Bundaberg Hospital and is now co-ordinating all community donations to Bundaberg Hospital. For more information about donating goods in kind or monetary donations to assisting sick patients and their families please contact the Foundation on 4150 2863.