Generous community gives back


NO ONE likes to think of kids in hospital, but a new playground open at the Mareeba Hospital will make their stay a little easier to bear.
Funded through the Mareeba Friends of the Foundation, the playground officially opens this week, much to the delight of staff, patients and the broader community. The Mareeba Friends of the Foundation is a branch of the Far North Queensland Hospital Foundation, fundraising specifically for the Mareeba Hospital.
Mareeba Friends of the Foundation chair Ida Portella said the $140,000 playground came about through a grant from the Mareeba and Dimbulah Bendigo Community Bank, Mareeba Rotary and the Mareeba and District Fruit and Vegetable Growers, in kind donations from local businesses and the entire community.
“The Mareeba Friends have worked on this project for more than four years and it is evident that we continue to receive overwhelming support.   Our purpose is to raise funds to provide additional equipment which improves services for patients and staff at the Mareeba Hospital,” Ms Portella said.
Cairns and Hinterland Hospital and Health Service Board chairman Clive Skarott AM said that he was proud to see new facilities added to help improve the experience of the hospital’s patients, both young and old.
“The new playground will provide an appropriate place for children who are either visiting the Mareeba Hospital or who are inpatients to enjoy playing in its colourful and inviting surrounds.”
Mareeba Hospital facility manager and director of nursing and midwifery Vickye Coffey said she wanted to thank all who contributed to the development and construction. “This wonderful playground will benefit the inpatient children and families of the Mareeba community. It is a wonderful example of what a community can do to achieve excellent results,” Ms Coffey said.
Mareeba Hospital maternity nurse unit manager Michelle Bombardieri said the playground is ideally for children aged up to 5 and features garden beds (completed thanks to a Rotary working bee).
“Before, that area was quite run down and not really used for anything, but now it’s one of the best features of the hospital. We have one little boy with a broken leg at the moment, and he’s been loving going out there and getting mobile in a normal, child-friendly environment so it’s been great for his rehabilitation,” Ms Bombardieri said.
Far North Queensland Hospital Foundation chairman Dr Ken Chapman said the playground was a wonderful example of the community working together for a common goal. “This will be a wonderful space for Mareeba children – the Foundation now has achieved two childrens playgrounds in a short space of time and we know both of them are well used and help make the hospital experience a little easier to bear, for kids in hospital,” Dr Chapman said.
The Foundation completed and opened its $1.2 million playground adjacent to the children’s ward at Cairns Hospital, two years ago.

Photo: Mareeba local Izzy Price gives the new playground a test run.


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