Bays runners make life better for babies
People taking part in this year’s HSBC Round the Bays helped raise a whopping $40,000 for Kidz First Children’s Hospital.
About 70,000 people turned out for the 37th annual charity fun run, organised by Fairfax Media, owners of the Auckland City Harbour News and the Sunday Star-Times.
The donation was presented to staff at Middlemore Hospital’s intensive care unit last week and will be used to buy two Fisher & Paykel CosyCot infant warmers.
Joining staff and Fairfax representatives for the presentation was Mangere mother Talita Mosaati, who knows the true value of the cots.
Her seven-month-old twin sons AJ and George were born with chronic lung disease and have both been patients in the unit.
“AJ’s been on that cot ever since he was born while George was in an incubator so I’ve experienced both,” she says.
At a cost of $20,000 each, the beds are a major part of the unit’s care and will take its total number of cots to five.
Designed for infants weighing between 2kg and 8kg the cots are more technologically advanced than others on the market.
Intensive care head Catherine Simpson says the three the unit has have been “absolute godsends” this winter.
“We’re in the high demand children’s season which started earlier than we had expected,” Dr Simpson says.
“Over the last couple of weeks we’ve had three in constant use so we think these cots will be in full use until possibly November.
“If you haven’t got the proper equipment you can’t take care of children safely and we just absolutely love these cots.”
Accepting the donation on behalf of the unit was intensive care specialist Carl Horsley who thanked HSBC and Fairfax Media for the contribution.
Dr Horsley says the unit has really appreciated the level of support they’ve received from both organisations over the years.