Give Me 5 making a difference
Dec 03, 2018
Kids and their families will be the beneficiaries of a hugely successful Triple M Give Me 5 for Kids fundraiser for the Mildura Base Hospital’s Children’s Ward.
Triple M Mildura General Manager Alan Burrows visited the MBH Children’s Ward this week to hand over a cheque for an incredible $31,724.98.
“The support was incredible – there were literally hundreds of Sunraysia businesses, volunteers and community members who gave their time, their support and their cash,” Mr Burrows said.
“We took the campaign to the next level this year, we received huge backing from businesses of all sizes and the result is something so many community members will receive the benefit from,” he said.
The Give Me 5 Golf Day, a pizza eating competition at the Pizza Café and community barbecues at Coles and Bunnings were all big fundraisers.
“But smaller business contributions of a few hundred dollars and the online donations from community-members were just as important, because they all add up to a big result,” Mr Burrows said.
The cheque will be handed to a Sunraysia Community Health Service trust, which oversees the expenditure of the funds and ensures 100 percent of the money is used directly to purchase items for the MBH children’s ward.
MBH Nurse Unit Manager Noriel Serato said it was an exciting time to consider what the funds could be used for, with planning of the hospital’s new Paediatric Ward now underway.
“The infrastructure for the $3.8million Paediatric Ward development is funded through the Victorian Government’s Regional Infrastructure Fund,” Mr Serato said.
“But it’s the additional items of equipment and facilities we can look at using the donated funds for, and they’re all things that make a child’s stay in hospital a little easier for them and their family,” he said.
“We’re thrilled to have such strong support from the community – and we will be looking carefully at the options to put to the trust to make the best use of that generosity.”
Pictured: L-R Triple M Promotions Manager Rachel Watt, Triple M General Manager Alan Burrows, MBH CEO Julia Morgan and MBH Nurse Unit Manager Noriel Serato