Whit­sun­day peo­ple dig deep for hos­pi­tal kids

Whitsunday Times - - COMMUNITY NEWS -

AS LIT­TLE as five cents can change a sick child’s life but last week the peo­ple of the Whit­sun­days gave more than $2000 to the an­nual fundraiser ‘Give me 5 for Kids’.

This hum­bling fig­ure was col­lected on Fri­day morn­ing by Sea FM break­fast show hosts Jay Ship­ston and Dave Peters, who spent just three hours walk­ing the streets of Air­lie Beach with a bright yel­low wheelie bin.

Dave Peters said ev­ery June, ra­dio and tele­vi­sion hosts from across the na­tion ded­i­cated their time to rais­ing much needed funds for lo­cal hos­pi­tals. All do­na­tions stay in the lo­cal area and go di­rectly to the lo­cal chil­dren’s ward to help pro­vide care for sick chil­dren and their fam­i­lies when they need it most.

The money col­lected on Fri­day morn­ing was added to a to­tal of over $22,000 raised in the Mackay/Whit­sun­day re­gion dur­ing June for the Mackay and Proser­pine Hos­pi­tal chil­dren’s wards.

Jay Ship­ston said do­na­tions could re­ally make a dif­fer­ence in re­gional ar­eas such as this.

“Be­ing in a re­gional area I think some­times we don’t have the equip­ment or tech­nol­ogy we need in our hos­pi­tals. Quite of­ten we hear sto­ries of kids be­ing trans­ported to Townsville or Bris­bane for treat­ment,” he said.

“So if we raise the money to get what we need lo­cally they no longer have to do that.”

The ra­dio show hosts said they were “blown away” by the gen­eros­ity of Whit­sun­day res­i­dents and even back­pack­ers who do­nated, de­spite be­ing strapped for cash. They also thanked Cen­tro Whit­sun­day for pro­vid­ing prizes for an ul­ti­mate raf­fle, worth more than $6500.

GEN­EROS­ITY: Sea FM break­fast show hosts Jay Ship­ston and Dave Peters said they were "blown away" by the gen­eros­ity of Whit­sun­day res­i­dents, who do­nated more than $2000 in just three hours on Fri­day morn­ing in Air­lie Beach. The money is part of an over­all to­tal of more than $22,000, to be do­nated to the chil­dren's wards of the Mackay and Proser­pine hos­pi­tals.

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