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Waikato children’s wards benefit from Countdown appeal

The children’s wards at Waikato, Taumarunui, Te Kuiti and Tokoroa hospitals received a $110,813 cheque from the Countdown Kids Hospital Appeal today, following a three-month fundraising effort from Countdown staff, customers and suppliers around the country.

The appeal has seen Waikato District Health Board (DHB) and Countdown staff take part in a number of fundraising activities to raise funds for essential medical equipment at children’s hospitals across New Zealand.

Waikids ambassadors for the Countdown Kids Hospital Appeal, brothers Tyson and William Karena, both have bronchitis and require ongoing monitoring. Equipment purchased with funds from previous Countdown Kids Hospital Appeals has enabled the boys to receive the care they need. Tyson and William supported the Appeal again this year, along with their family.

For the 2014 Appeal, Kiwis came together and raised a record-breaking $1.3 million for  children’s wards around the country.

Waikato area manager Countdown Karl Wareham. Numbers game: Karl Wareham explains what the numbers mean. 2 – Waikato is the second highest fundraising area in the country 10 – the number of stores in our area that hit their target 700 – the number of raffle tickets sold by Michelle of Countdown  6000 – cheese rolls sold21000 – Countdown Cambridge raised more than any other Waikato  store 32000 – the amount raised by Countdown, Victoria Ave, Wanganui – the most in the country 1313000 – total amount raised this year by Countdown teams and customers 82000000 - $8.2 million over eight years for 14 hospitals

      Waikato area manager Countdown Karl Wareham explains what the numbers mean.

2 – Waikato is the second highest fundraising area in the country;

10 – the number of stores in our area that hit their target;

700 – the number of raffle tickets sold by Michelle of Countdown;

6000 – cheese rolls sold;

21000 – Countdown Cambridge raised more than any other Waikato store;

32000 – the amount raised by Countdown, Victoria Ave, Wanganui – the most in the country;

1313000 – total amount raised this year by Countdown teams and customers;

82000000 – $8.2 million over eight years for 14 hospitals

Fundraising activities included teams clocking up over 200 kilometres in running and cycling events, baking and selling nearly 7000 cheese rolls, and even head shaves undertaken by Countdown team members including the Appeal’s chairperson, Ruth Krippner.

Ms Krippner was thrilled with the response to the Appeal, noting how much Kiwis care about their local communities.

“Our goal is to raise as much money as possible to help children in need across New Zealand through the purchasing of much-needed medical equipment. 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 that little bit better for future generations,” she said.

Funds from previous Appeals have been used to purchase essential medical tools such as cardiac monitors and ECG machines; as well as other tools vital to restoring young children back to health such as puzzles, activity tables and toys.

Waikato DHB interim chief operating officer Brett Paradine acknowledged Countdown staff who knitted, ran raffles, played golf and encouraged customers to donate to help support the Waikids service for children and youth provided by the DHB.

“This is hugely important and valued support from the DHB’s point of view,” he said.

“This donation represents the continuation of a tradition that has supported our Waikids services to the tune of $722,000 over the last eight years.

Countdown kids hospital appeal area champions Cheryl Read (L) and Cindy Wilson:

Countdown kids hospital appeal area champions Cheryl Read (L) and Cindy Wilson:

“It will be used to provide a range of equipment to aid care at Waikato Hospital and for the first time at our hospitals in Tokoroa, Te Kuiti and Taumarunui. It is good to see these district hospitals also benefitting from the Countdown Kids Hospital Appeal,” said Mr Paradine.

Cheque presentations are being held across the country this week to present the other participating hospitals with the funds from the Appeal.

The Appeal runs for three months each year, from August to October.

L-R: Countdown regional manager Karl Wareham, William Karena 15 months, Felicia Walker, Waikids manager Lorraine Reid, Tyson Karena 2 years

L-R: Countdown regional manager Karl Wareham, William Karena 15 months, Felicia Walker, Waikids manager Lorraine Reid, Tyson Karena 2 years

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