Countdown Kids Hospital Appeal has raised a massive $70,388 for Dunedin Hospital this year.
The funds were handed over this morning during a cheque presentation at Countdown attended by Countdown and Southern DHB staff and the local child ambassador for the appeal, Latiya Haua Corkill-Smith.
Latiya is a regular patient at Dunedin Hospital and is one of the many babies and children who attend Dunedin Hospital each year and benefit from the equipment purchased from the Countdown Kids Hospital Appeal funds.
Latiya’s mum Terina says she’s really grateful to the Countdown Kids Hospital Appeal. “As a parent of a child who benefits from this equipment I know and appreciate how much difference it makes.”
The money raised will go towards purchasing items for the children’s unit, neonatal intensive care unit, emergency department, paediatric outpatient unit and Queen Mary maternity unit at Dunedin Hospital. Items on this year’s wish list include electric beds, infant ventilators and a portable cardiotocography (CTG) monitor.
Southern DHB Director of Nursing Medicine, Jenny Hanson says equipment that has been purchased from the funds raised by the Countdown Kids appeal really enhances the DHB’s service provision for children.
“The DHB has been able to purchase a range of amazing equipment which has made such a difference to care provided for children in hospital, the contribution is invaluable.”
The Appeal is Countdown’s annual national fundraising activity to raise money to support the purchase of additional equipment for 11 hospitals across New Zealand. Hundreds of fundraising events, organised by Countdown team members, suppliers and district health boards, were held over three months between August and October. Locally, these included bake sales and selling cheese rolls, quiz nights, a social dine and dance and raffle.
Since Countdown Kids Hospital Appeal began in 2007 it has raised $1,172,305 for Dunedin Hospital.