Campaign makes a difference

29/05/2017

BUSINESS people sitting in wheelchairs have made a difference to the lives of sick children in Cairns Hospital.
The annual Give Me 5 For Kids campaign, held in conjunction with Southern Cross Austereo, last year provided almost $17,000 worth of equipment that has just been handed over.
An i-STAT blood analyser worth almost $11,000 and a sofa bed for parents worth almost $6000, will make a big difference to the stay of children in hospital in Cairns, children’s ward Nurse Unit Manager Caroline Witter said.
“The i-STAT machine performs blood analysis at the point of care. This means we can access results immediately in those acutely unwell patients, rather than send blood samples off to pathology for analysis,” Ms Witter said.
“This will allow nursing and medical staff to have immediate access to blood results, enabling specific treatments to start immediately,” she said. The parent bed is to allow for one parent/carer to stay overnight with their child, as the staff practice family-centred care on the ward.
“It is fantastic that we are able to offer these parents a comfortable bed to sleep on so that they can remain with their child overnight. The paediatric and adolescent ward is very appreciative of the community who are fantastic in providing these children and young people with equipment so we continue to provide the best possible care to them,” Ms Witter said.
Foundation CEO Tony Franz said the community’s support of sick children in hospital was always heart-warming. “It’s a sad fact of life that we might all need the services of Cairns Hospital at some point, so it is wonderful to see the business community coming together to support others – you never know, one day it might be your child or grandchild in hospital and we can all make a difference,” Mr Franz said.
Cairns 99.5 Triple M general manager Gina Hogan said the station was passionate about its listeners, the local life and giving back to the community. “Our region is full of heart, we greatly appreciate everyone who participated in Give Me 5 For Kids events and those who made donations,” Ms Hogan said. “It’s a pleasure to work with the Foundation and assist in raising much needed funds for our local hospital as well as sick children and their families when they need it most,” she said.
Give Me 5 For Kids kicks off in Cairns in June with Cairns On A Fork  - from 3pm on Saturday, June 17 at West Barlow Park, a family fun day, from 10am, also on June 17 at Tobruk Pool, and the Premiere of Cars 3 at 2pm on Saturday, June 25 at Birch Carroll and Coyle Stockland Earlville.

Photo: Mark and Juanita and Gina Hogan from Cairns 99.5 Triple M, help Cairns Hospital paediatric ward Nurse Unit Manager Caroline Witter relax in the new parent bed.

 

 

Back to all news

All news stories

8/11/2018Winner makes donation
26/10/2018Radio campaign saves lives
18/10/2018Bob's a passionate fundraiser
5/10/2018Patient urges participation
21/09/2018Cyclists share heartfelt passion
20/09/2018Challenge with heart
20/09/2018Leader among men
13/09/2018Alan grateful for cardiac "pit crew"
6/09/2018Scarlett's a fighter
30/08/2018Wayne checks EEG equipment
14/08/2018Kevin is all heart
14/08/2018Saying thanks to workers
14/08/2018Vollies help at fundraiser
1/08/2018Generous donors support patients
1/08/2018Low and slow lamb
24/07/2018Family's incredible gift
19/07/2018Family driven to ride
16/07/2018Help our hospital
26/06/2018New wheels a surprise win
22/06/2018Ride driven by loss
18/06/2018Arrow walkers donate to cause
15/06/2018Motivated fundraisers
14/06/2018Seals soothe patients
13/06/2018Cooper challenges councils
12/06/2018Ride supports rural patients
28/05/2018Team dons sneakers for the day
23/05/2018Donation saves lives
16/05/2018Mareeba gift makes a difference
9/05/2018R'n'R riders saddle up
28/03/2018Good Friday Fundraiser
26/03/2018Arrow event launched
16/03/2018Roses for a Hearty Cause
2/03/2018Lucky escape leads to gift
26/02/2018Beautiful beetroot brownies
26/02/2018Friends dedicated to hospital
26/02/2018Friends groups get together
26/02/2018Funds put to good use
26/02/2018Volunteers get front row seat
21/02/2018Outback ride a family affair
2/02/2018Cardiac goal reached
31/01/2018Many hands make light work
30/01/2018Oh what a feeling!
17/01/2018Family helps other families
17/01/2018Donation a new record
21/12/2017Staff grateful for ventilator
21/12/2017Minister matches funds raised
20/12/2017Fishos leave legacy of health
14/12/2017Rapt about wrapping
6/12/2017Grilled peaches with ricotta
29/11/2017Improving patient outcomes
24/11/2017Marmalade sandwiches ready
24/11/2017Sitting on top of the world
17/11/2017Volunteers put heart into event
13/11/2017New board welcomed
2/11/2017"I was a walking timebomb"
25/10/2017Research assists youth at risk
20/10/2017Students put heart into upcycling
6/10/2017Generous community gives back
4/10/2017Ride brings goal closer
14/09/2017Sea of jerseys floods highways
13/09/2017Cardiac's deadly new cyclists
12/09/2017Moroccan vegetarian tagine
11/09/2017'Plumbing' puts paid to ride
2/09/2017Foreign students tackle Challenge
29/08/2017Father and son lucky to be alive
24/08/2017Lions step in to help
21/08/2017Help build a second cardiac lab
16/08/2017Couple's lasting gifts
14/08/2017What are the odds?
7/08/2017$60,000 raised on motorbike event
3/08/2017Tony's intent on giving back
31/07/2017Thanks for special blankets
27/07/2017Smile helps sick kids
25/07/2017Loss motivates family
18/07/2017Power-ful boost for volunteers
11/07/2017Memory lives on in Mossman
6/07/2017Fix hearts in Far North Queensland
4/07/2017Beef & Pasta Ragout
23/06/2017Booze free for a good cause
7/06/2017Revved up to raise funds
2/06/2017Coffee helps buy equipment
1/06/2017Donation a generous gift
31/05/2017Cardiac 'has spirit of its own'
29/05/2017Campaign makes a difference
18/05/2017Pallet fundraiser saves lives
11/05/2017Pioneering cyclists raise funds
28/04/2017All aboard for charity ride
21/04/2017FNQ ride a great fundraiser
9/04/2017FNQ charity seeks board members
6/04/2017Fridges latest generous donation
5/04/2017Cafes underpin success
5/04/2017Cyclists save many lives
22/03/2017Happy birthday to us!
17/03/2017Jet skiers help cancer patients
8/03/2017ALL things pregnancy and baby
2/03/2017Jamaican jerk chicken
21/02/2017Tribute paid to volunteers
20/02/2017Riding the roads less travelled
13/02/2017Home town treatment now offered
3/02/2017Grandad gives jetski to family