Big boost for kids in hospital donation
The Children’s Unit at Rotorua Hospital is thrilled with the donation of $66,000 from three local Countdown supermarkets.
The cash donation is part of the Countdown annual Kids Hospital Appeal fundraising campaign run nationally for three months, with the $66,000 being what local stores have raised towards the effort.
Staff from the three local Countdown supermarkets ran a range of fundraising events.
The presentation was made late in November at the Countdown store in Fenton Street.
Children’s Unit clinical nurse manager Erin Carn-bennett says the District Health Board (DHB) was thrilled to receive such a substantial sum. The amount was higher than the DHB had been expecting, and staff were overwhelmed by the generosity of the Countdown staff and people from throughout the local community.
She says the money will be spent on play equipment for children Dhb-wide. In the Children’s Unit, the wha¯ nau room will be upgraded and a treatment room will be turned into a teen lounge. Students from Taupo Nui a Tia High School have been involved in the project to design the teen lounge as a school project.
Donated funds will also be used to purchase a bilirubinometer — a device which screens for jaundice without a blood test. Jaundice is common in newborns in the DHB area, occurring in up to 80 per cent of infants, but is more common in premature infants, and if not identified and treated, can cause a serious condition resulting in brain damage.
The new device will be used at maternity services prior to discharge to ensure infants at risk are identified early.
Lakes DHB received $34,000 from the Countdown Kids’ Hospital Appeal two years ago.
Countdown staff with a cheque for $66,000.