Over $910,000 raised for sick kids across Australia

31 July 2020

Coles shoppers across Australia have raised an incredible $912,820 in just two weeks by picking up a $2 Curing Homesickness donation cards at the check-out, showing small acts of kindness really can make a big difference.

Curing Homesickness is a national initiative, which brings children’s hospital foundations and paediatric services from across Australia together to get sick kids home from hospital sooner or make their hospital stay easier.

$310,000 will directly support Sydney Children’s Hospital, Randwick and The Children’s Hospital at Westmead after the NSW community rallied behind the cause. The vital funds will help support dedicated oncology Child Life Therapists in both hospitals and a Telehealth Co-ordinator in Sydney Children’s Hospital, Randwick. The role of the Telehealth Co-ordinator helps provide care for children living in rural and remote NSW who can’t easily get to a hospital.

Sydney Children's Hospitals Foundation CEO, Nicola Stokes, thanked Coles customers for digging deep to help support sick kids in hospital.

“I can’t thank Coles shoppers enough for getting behind this important initiative to help sick kids particularly during these challenging times,” she said.

“Funds raised will help engage vital health specialists at the Sydney Children’s Hospital, Randwick and The Children’s Hospital at Westmead to help support sick kids, especially children with cancer and children receiving care who live in regional and remote NSW.”

Seven NSW Coles supermarkets were among the top 10 fundraisers in Australia for the Curing Homesickness appeal, with Hornsby and Eastgardens both each raising over $10,000 in two weeks.

Sydney Children's Hospitals Foundation raises funds for Sydney Children's Hospital, Randwick , The Children's Hospital at Westmead, Bear Cottage, the Newborn and Paediatric Emergency Transport Service (NETS NSW) and Kids Research