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Woolworths staff & customers help sick kids

Posted on August 18, 2014

Every time you purchase a $2 raffle ticket or a $2 wall token at your local Woolworths store, you are helping to work wonders for sick kids, with Woolworths partnering the Children’s Hospital Foundation granting funds to purchase vital medical equipment for regional communities across Queensland, including the Bundaberg Hospital.

Since 2010, the Children’s Hospital Foundation has granted $56,000 to the Bundaberg Hospital’s paediatric ward with an ongoing commitment from Woolworths to support paediatric care in regional hospitals.

Bundaberg Health Service Foundation’s Manager Maria Burnet said staff and patients from Bundaberg Hospital were extremely grateful to Woolworth’s staff and their customers for their fundraising initiatives and thanked the Bundaberg community for their ongoing support.

“It’s important that local people know that when they support Woolworths’ fundraising initiatives, including purchase of $2 raffle tickets and wall tokens sold at the check-out register, that funds are invested in their local region, including children’s wards in local hospitals’’ Ms Burnet said.

“We are extremely grateful for the continued support of  our local community and Woolworths staff who are helping make a difference and raise money for children’s hospitals in their communities.’’

Staff from the four Woolworths Bundaberg stores visited Bundaberg Hospital on Thursday, July 17 to see firsthand two state-of-the-art Philips Observation Monitors valued at $15,000 each that measure heart rate, respirations and oxygen saturation levels for critically ill infants and children.

This September, Woolworths will run a $2 wall token campaign and it is hoped that funds raised will enable another monitor to be purchased for the children’s ward at the Bundaberg Hospital.

Funds from the 2011 appeal ($11,000) purchased an i-STAT machine which offers a range of tests for diagnostic and treatment indicators relating to management of the patient’s condition. This vital piece of equipment has eliminated the need to send blood work off to pathology, with results sometimes taking up to 72 hours.

The 2010 donation of $10,000 bought video monitoring equipment to monitor patients at risk of seizures, apnoea monitors and a new camera to take quality photographs of burns/wounds/rashes which can be emailed to Brisbane medical consultants. While the $5000 donation in 2009 was used to fund paediatric staff professional development.

Bundaberg’s Woolworths Area Manager, Elena Marshall said: “We would like to thank all our generous customers and dedicated staff that helped raise this extraordinary amount. Woolworths is proud to continue to support the Bundaberg Hospital and help local families and kids.”

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