The difference you've made:
April to June 2019
Thanks to amazing support from people like you, Sydney Children’s Hospitals Foundation can help fund vital clinical care and research for sick and injured children in NSW and beyond. Here are some key highlights you have helped the Foundation achieve over the past three months.
Going for Gold
You did it! The goal of $6m was not only achieved, but surpassed, with a record $6,577,006 being raised in our most successful Gold Appeal yet! Thank you!
It was so inspiring to see you, our community of supporters, rally behind sick kids and make life-changing donations to the Hospital. These “golden gifts” offer patients and their family’s access to the best care and support when they need it most.
United by one goal
Our amazing corporate partners once again offered their very generous support, with EMU Australia quickly jumping on board. On the day of the launch, every patient was kindly gifted their very own EMU Booties.
The incredible efforts of Coles staff also helped raise an astounding $130,000 through instore fundraisers. From sponsored shaves and touch footy context, to cakes stalls and raffles, every dollar raised was a step closer to their goal.
Gold Dinner dazzles
The glamorous Gold Dinner dazzled as always, raising an astonishing $3m for sick kids in need of critical care!
Held at Fox Studios, over 500 guests, including Channel 9 presenters Deb Knight and Peter Overton, comedian Tim Minchin and actor Simon Baker, gathered to show their commitment to giving the sickest kids across NSW the best chance of survival and recovery.
Guest of honour was 18-year-old Charlie Knight, who took to the stage with parents Tric and Peter, to tell guests how the Critical Care Team gave him the chance to fight for his life.
The theme for this year’s Gold Telethon, generously produced and broadcast by Channel 9, was Pyjama Party! For kids in hospital, being in pyjamas becomes part of everyday life, so a pyjama party was the perfect way to show sick kids that we’re standing right by them.
The all-day, live show was a celebration of the vital work and importance of supporting Sydney Children’s Hospital, Randwick. It featured moving stories highlighting the work of the Hospital, the realities faced by patients and their families, and the impact donations can make.
The unbelievable amount raised during this year’s Gold Appeal will fund vital equipment, important research, and critical frontline services across all areas of the Hospital. Whether you’re a school, a family, a company, or a celebrity, thank you for your support and for giving sick kids the priceless gift of hope.
The Page Family Impact
On average, 125 children and their families pass through the Emergency Department’s doors at Sydney Children’s Hospital, Randwick every day. This is often their first experience and introduction into the children’s health care system.
To ease their anxiety in the waiting room, the beautiful Page Family donated a $68,000 Immersive Scan to Life Aquarium projector. This state-of-the-art technology allows kids to design their very own sea creatures and project them onto the wall or floor. This interactive experience offers a simple distraction and can help calm kids and their parent’s nerves.
Every four days, a baby like Wyatt is diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis. Now five, Wyatt has regularly visited the hospital since he was only two weeks old.
To help find a cure for the disease and fund medical research, his family host a 5km walk-a-thon each year, from Kissing Point Park to Meadowbank. This year they raised a staggering $7513.24 for the cystic fibrosis clinic, to help find new ways to treat the condition – and maybe even one day find a cure.
A musical difference
Child Life and Music Therapists make more than 200 visits to patients at the Hospital every week! Through a range of play, music, education and self-expression activities they can help make hospital and the procedures patients face a little less scary.
The very generous donation of $63,000 from our partners Carnival Cruise Lines Australia, will help prevent sick kids experience anxiety by supporting these extraordinary therapists. Their very generous gift will help fund 12 months of music therapy in PICU and NICU wards, and will also support the Anaesthetic Department’s virtual reality research project. The department’s program helps familiarise patients with procedures involving anaesthetics.
Metal for Miracles
Some of the most critically ill children in the country receive care in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) and the treatment they receive can mean the difference between life and death. The incredible staff are there 24 hours a day to provide the expert care and support these patients need to stay alive.
Thanks to $32,237 from Sell and Parker’s “Metal for Miracles” program, the dedicated nursing staff received specialised training courses to ensure they provide the latest and very best treatment to every patient they care for. This gives patients the highest chance of survival so they can start their recovery journey and get back home to their families where they belong.
Cycling for a cause
When a child is suspected of having serious burns, the incredible Fire and Rescue NSW (FRNSW) crews will swiftly respond and assist with their admission into the Clubbe Ward Burns Unit at The Children’s Hospital at Westmead.
For 30 years now, teams of FRNSW workers have gone above and beyond to fundraise for the children they first meet in traumatic circumstances. They hope, with their help, all burn victims will receive the very best treatment and care.
This year, their signature event – the 400in4 – saw firefighters ride from Huskisson to Mt Kosciusko. A staggering $84,783 was raised, taking their tally to more than $820,000 since the ride’s inception in 2005.
Their amazing generosity and tireless efforts will help fund new equipment and services for the burns unit, which will improve outcomes and experiences for countless patients and their families.
Recovery on wheels
More than 6,000 children undergo surgery at the Hospital every year with each needing special care in the recovery wards afterwards. Post-operation is a critical time for patients, especially when their surgery has required anesthesia or sedation. During this time, it’s essential they’re closely monitored with vital equipment on hand.
Your incredible generosity has helped fund 12 new recovery trolleys, costing $82,332. These beds house everything patients need during post-operative care, in one handy mobile unit. This means staff can work effectively and efficiently, to provide the patient with the best possible treatment and environment to safely regain consciousness.
Building memories at Bear Cottage
Bear Cottage is the only children’s hospice in NSW where respite and end of life care is provided free of charge, to families caring for a child with a terminal or life-limiting illness. With the help of our donors, a multidisciplinary team are there to provide compassionate and holistic support in a home-like environment.
The social worker is an integral part of the team, guiding patients and their families through their palliative care journey. Thanks to Kids with Cancer Foundation’s ongoing support and recent donation of $134,544, this vital service can continue to meet the needs of all families.
This year’s Emerald Ball was another spectacular night, raising vital funds for Kids Rehab at The Children’s Hospital at Westmead. This year marked its 20-year anniversary, with over 1,000 guests treated to a fabulous night of entertainment from Aussie rock legend Jimmy Barnes, singing sensation Elly-May Barnes and the international comedy duo, the Umbilical Brothers.
Most importantly, $1,034,187 was raised on the night for children with a range of disabilities including Acquired Brain Injury, Cerebral Palsy, Limb Loss, Spinal Cord Injury/Disease, Spina Bifida and Complex Musculosketal Disorders.
Dainere was courageous, selfless and inspiring.
Her greatest wish in life was a cure for brain cancer and improved quality of life for other children living with tumours.
In her beloved memory, Daniere’s family continues her legacy through Dainere's Rainbow Brain Tumour Research Fund. Their annual gala this year was extra special, when held on what would have been Dainere’s 21st Birthday. The gala raised a record $51,000, bringing their total to $450,000 for brain tumour research at the Hospital’s Kids Cancer.
These stories are just some of the ways the Foundation contributes to Hospitals in The Sydney Children’s Hospitals Network, all made possible by the generous, ongoing support of our community. 2020 is full of new opportunities for us to make a lasting difference in the lives of sick kids. Thank you for being a part of it.