INDEPENDENT NEWS

Sick children in Taranaki to benefit from Countdown Appeal

Published: Wed 14 Aug 2019 12:19 PM
Media Release
August 14, 2019
Sick children in Taranaki to benefit from Countdown Kids Hospital Appeal
The 2019 Countdown Kids Hospital Appeal is officially underway, with the aim of raising more than $1 million to help make a significant difference to thousands of sick Kiwi kids and their families.
This years Appeal runs from 5 August to 27 October and the focus in Taranaki will be raising funds towards life saving equipment for Taranaki DHB’s Child and Maternity Services.
DHB chief operating officer Gill Campbell is grateful for the opportunity to work alongside Countdown once again this year.
“Our DHB massively appreciates the work that goes into making this appeal a success. With new equipment and technology for our Child and Maternity services we can help Taranaki families stay in the region for treatment rather than having to be transferred to another hospital,” she says.
Last year’s appeal raised $52,000 for Taranaki allowing for new monitors at both Base and Hawera Hospital, a portable hoist to help children with high needs and new artwork planned for the TSB Children and Young People’s Ward 2B.
To officially launch this year’s appeal Countdown staff from Spotswood, The Valley, Central, Vogeltown, Stratford and Hawera supermarkets celebrated alongside the Taranaki Health Foundation and DHB management with an afternoon tea and tour of the Neonatal Unit.
Countdown Group Managerranaki, Shaun Wall, says his team is excited to start fundraising for such a good cause.
“Taranaki DHB does an amazing job of looking after children in our region and we hope our appeal can help to improve children’s health experiences.
“Over the past decade the Countdown Kids Appeal has raised $48 million nationwide and our customers play a vital role. We hope the Taranaki community will get behind this year’s appeal so we can achieve our target of six new medical items for local children,” says Mr Wall.
This year’s medical equipment wish list includes:
• Drager Babylog ventilator for the Neonatal Unit
• A hand held Accuvein monitor with infrared lights to find veins in children
• A mobility tray, ReTurn and Footstool designed for children in wheelchairs
• E-flow rapid nebulisers
• A prem baby mannequin for resuscitation training purposes
• Exergen Temporal Thermometer to take children’s temperature more easily
Taranaki Health Foundation general manager Bry Kopu is encouraging the community to support a number of events being organised to help raise the funds during the three month campaign.
“Last year’s Golf Day was a huge success and this year we’re inviting individuals and teams to get involved on September 27th at (Venue).
“We’ll also host Runway for a Reason fashion show again, as well as a quiz night at The Good Home, food stalls and two family friendly pool events in New Plymouth and Hawera,” Ms Kopu confirms.
Raffle tickets can also be purchased for five dollars from Countdown stores, otherwise direct donations can be made via the Taranaki Health Foundation online banking:
TSB: 15 3942 0837510 02
REF: Your name
ENDS

Next in New Zealand politics

PM's Post-Cab 16/9/19: A Way Forward
By: The Scoop Team
Gordon Campbell on allegations of left wing media bias
By: Gordon Campbell
Tighter gun laws for the safety of all
By: New Zealand Government
On Labour’s mishandling of the alleged sexual assault
By: Gordon Campbell
History rectified - Rua Kēnana to be pardoned
By: New Zealand Government
Initial Mental Health and Wellbeing Commission appointed
By: New Zealand Government
NZ history to be taught in all schools
By: New Zealand Government
Jacinda Ardern accepts Labour Party President resignation
By: New Zealand Labour Party
Wellbeing to be enshrined in law
By: New Zealand Government
Q+A: Louise Nicholas interviewed by Jack Tame
By: TVNZ
Labour abuse allegations investigator hires computer expert
By: RNZ
Ending Sexual Violence Together
By: Toah-Nnest
National: Bill may stop gunowners seeking mental health help
By: RNZ
Government runs from election year firearms debate
By: ACT New Zealand
Measured and reasonable approach to gun register
By: Police Association
View as: DESKTOP | MOBILEWe're in BETA! Send Feedback © Scoop Media