Waikato Hospital will receive a welcome donation from the Countdown Kids Hospital Appeal this week, thanks to hundreds of contributions from customers to help change the lives of sick Kiwi kids.
For Waikato Hospital, the donation means they can buy much-needed children’s medical equipment.
Across the country, this year’s Countdown Kids Hospital Appeal raised more than $1.2 million – the most ever raised since the programme launched in 2007.
“We are absolutely thrilled to be able to help Waikato Hospital. This sort of equipment can make all the difference to sick children and their recovery,” says Countdown Kids Hospital Appeal Chairperson, Ruth Krippner.
Hundreds of fundraising events, organised by Countdown team members, suppliers and local district health boards, were held over three months between August and October.
“It’s fantastic to see Countdown team members and the community get behind the Appeal, and work so hard to raise these much-needed funds. This year we saw a whole new ball game of fundraising, including a Winter Wonderland Ball, 24-hour relay race, golf and soccer tournaments and a nationwide raffle,” says Ruth.
“We know from the hospitals that this donation will make a huge difference to children in their care and it’s great to be able to play our part.”
Ceremonies are being held across the country this month to present the other participating hospitals with cheques from the Appeal funds.
- On Thursday, 13 December, Countdown Te Rapa will present Waikato Hospital representatives with a cheque from the funds raised
- Media are invited to the attend the cheque presentation at 11.00am: Countdown Te Rapa, 8 Eagle Way, Te Rapa
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