It seemed fitting that the opening of Countdown’s new Peachgrove Hamilton store was also marked with the handing over of more than $100,000 to help newborns at Waikato Hospital.
Countdown Kids Hospital Appeal turns to the stores’ communities to raise funds for specialised children’s hospital equipment.
For the past nine years Waikato DHB has received several cheques which have significantly improved the services offered to children, including last year the purchase of a new education playroom specifically designed for children admitted to hospital with anxiety or developmental needs.
This year the appeal run by 18 stores across Waikato raised the most ever with a staggering $135,000.
The cheque was presented to Waikato DHB chief executive Dr Nigel Murray and will be used to purchase thermal cosy cots and retina cameras.
“These units will help assess the vision of newborns and keep them warm while doctors perform life saving tests and evaluations,” he said.
“It is so important for our kids to be well enough to realise their dreams and these funds will give babies born in the Waikato the very best start to life.”
Countdown Kids Hospital Appeal runs annually and raises more than $8 million dollars for children’s services in public hospitals across New Zealand.