Ap­peal a chance to help sick kids

Matamata Chronicle - - News -

You don’t have to be a nurse to help sick kids – that’s the mes­sage Count­down is send­ing New Zealan­ders ahead of this year’s Count­down Kids Hospi­tal Ap­peal.

The ap­peal of­fi­cially launched on Au­gust 6, and will be­gin with a se­ries of lo­cal and na­tional fundrais­ing events or­gan­ised by Count­down and lo­cal dis­trict health boards.

Now in its sixth year, the an­nual ap­peal has so far do­nated al­most $5 mil­lion to 10 ded­i­cated chil­dren’s wards throughout New Zealand.

All funds raised dur­ing the ap­peal pe­riod, from Au­gust 6 to Oc­to­ber 28, go to­wards pur­chas­ing much-needed med­i­cal equip­ment for hos­pi­tals around New Zealand, as well as Kidz First Chil­dren’s Hospi­tal in Auck­land, home of the Na­tional Burns Cen­tre.

Ap­peal chair­woman Ruth Kripp­ner said more than 18,000 Count­down team mem­bers were be­hind the ap­peal and fundrais­ing ac­tiv­i­ties would be hap­pen­ing across the coun­try.

‘‘The Count­down Kids Hospi­tal Ap­peal is all about help­ing make things bet­ter for the kids,’’ Ms Kripp­ner said. ‘‘We’re not all doc­tors or nurses but there are dozens of ways ev­ery­day New Zealan­ders can help pro­vide much-needed med­i­cal sup­port for chil­dren. We’re ask­ing lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties across New Zealand to give gen­er­ously to help make things bet­ter. We’ll be run­ning sausage siz­zles and fundrais­ing events from gala dinners to a knit-a-thon for neona­tal ba­bies. We’ll also be col­lect­ing spare change and Eft­pos do­na­tions at our check­outs across all 161 of our stores.’’

The Count­down Kids Hospi­tal Ap­peal raf­fle also re­turns this year with a grand prize of a VW Golf car. Other ac­tiv­i­ties around the coun­try in­clude a golf tour­na­ment, trivia night and a coast-to-coast cy­cling event.

Manag­ing di­rec­tor of Count­down, Dave Cham­bers, said the funds raised through the ap­peal helped to pur­chase vi­tal med­i­cal equip­ment at spe­cial­ist chil­dren’s health­care fa­cil­i­ties.

‘‘Whether it’s a mo­bile tele­health unit link­ing up re­mote hos­pi­tals with spe­cial­ist care in main cen­tres, or sim­ply an IV pole, we know that we can help make a dif­fer­ence. It’s a priv­i­lege to be as­so­ci­ated with all of our hospi­tal part­ners and we look for­ward to sup­port­ing them this year,’’ Mr Cham­bers said.

Count­down On­line shop­pers can also add a do­na­tion onto their shop­ping bill..

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