Dubbo residents are joining forces to boost the lives of young patients at Dubbo Base Hospital, as part of the 2011 Woolworths Fresh Food Kids Hospital Appeal.
The annual appeal is held nationally from 24th August to 18th October and will include a series of fundraising initiatives across the community.
Woolworths Area Manager, Chris Goodman, said Woolworths staff and volunteers from Dubbo will be striving to beat last year’s impressive fundraising effort.
“The Fresh Food Kids Hospital Appeal raised $20,000 for the Children’s Ward in 2010, which is a heartening reflection of the community’s generosity,” said Mr Goodman.
“We’ll be holding a series of fundraising activities to try and top last year’s effort, which will include sausage sizzles, lamington drives, trivia nights and mufti-days.”
All funds raised during this year’s appeal will help to purchase a Paediatric Code Response Cart and a Broselow / Hinkle Paediatric Emergency System for Dubbo Base Hospital.
Dubbo Base Hospital General Manager, Andrew Newton, said community donations go a long way to helping hospital staff improve and save lives.
“We’re extremely appreciative of the donations Woolworths has made in previous years and would like to encourage the community to get behind this wonderful cause,” said Mr Newton.
“Last year’s appeal allowed us to buy new digital televisions to replace the old analogue televisions in the Children’s Ward, which would be obsolete by the end of this year.
“Our staff help young patients on their journey towards good health and wellbeing every day. This appeal is a great example of the wider community helping this process and we offer our sincere thanks,” said Mr Newton.
All funds raised during the national appeal are donated to Hospitals across Australia to purchase vital medical equipment, and to boost research efforts and medical facilities for children.
The 2011 Woolworths Fresh Food Kids Hospital Appeal runs alongside the successful Fresh Food Kids initiative, championing healthy eating habits of children via the promotion of fresh fruit and vegetables and regular exercise.
“We are encouraging Dubbo residents to get behind this appeal and help make a difference to some of the hospital’s most vulnerable patients,” said Mr Goodman.