Waikids (Waikato DHB’s child and youth health service) will soon benefit from $122,088 worth of new hospital equipment thanks to the diligent fundraising efforts of the 2013 Countdown Kids Hospital Appeal.
The generous donation was presented to Waikids staff today (Thursday 28 November) as a result of Countdown’s annual national fundraiser. The Appeal raises money for much needed hospital equipment at 10 dedicated children’s areas at hospitals around New Zealand.
This year, hundreds of local events took place across the country, culminating in a record $1.22 million raised nationwide.
The money donated to Waikids will primarily go towards sophisticated monitoring equipment, tilt-away beds, baby scales, and recliner chairs for new mums.
Waikids unit manager Lorraine Reid said every year the DHB is so surprised and grateful for the effort that Countdown staff put into raising money for Waikids.
“The fundraising efforts make an astounding difference for children and families on the receiving end of the equipment. We can’t express our gratitude enough,” she said.
A range of events occurred in the name of Countdown Kids Hospital Appeal in the Waikato. Sausage sizzles, car washes, raffle tickets, quiz nights, calendars, and ‘donate a dollar drives’ saw the money roll in from generous community members.
The final fundraiser in the region was the popular golf tournament at Ngaruawahia Golf Club. Thirty five teams of four, including Countdown staff and managers, sponsors, and three Waikato DHB teams, competed against one another to raise thousands of dollars for Waikids.
Countdown area manager Karl Wareham said the goal each year is to raise as much money as possible to help sick children around New Zealand.
“This is part of our commitment to giving back to the communities that we live and work in, and supporting good causes that make life better for Kiwis.
“We are so proud of the generosity of Countdown customers, our team, and our suppliers. It’s through these networks that this year’s activities have helped us raise such a large amount of money to help children admitted into the care of their local hospitals.”
The Countdown Kids Hospital Appeal ran from 5 August to 27 October 2013. It was previously known as the Fresh Future Children’s Hospital Appeal, and has raised more than $5.7 million for 10 children’s areas throughout New Zealand. More than $700,000 of that has gone to Waikato Hospital.
The money donated will be put into a specific Waikids account within the Waikato Health Trust. The trust helps with purchasing priority items for specified parts of the DHB.
The Trust was established in 1993 as the Health Waikato Charitable Trust. Its broad purpose is to support the provision of health and disability services within the area served by the Waikato District Health Board.
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