Whitsunday people dig deep for hospital kids
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.