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You can help Wishlist spread love during this unprecedented time.

The Sunshine Coast community is pulling together and helping our local frontline health staff.

There are many ways to do this – from a message of support – to creating a virtual fundraiser!

We’ve compiled a list just for you. Please click here and thank you for supporting our local health staff who, without a doubt, will be pushed to the limit in the coming weeks and months.

“We are our finest when we take care of each other” – Katherine Center.

May update from Lisa Rowe

A travel-loving friend of mine recently declared that she’d never complain about living at the “butt-end of the planet” again, nor the fact that she felt so far away from the action of the UK and Europe. 

I think we’ve all learned to appreciate our good fortune at living in Australia when COVID-19 impacted the world.

We’ve seen beautiful displays of humanity as civilisation was brought to its’ knees, and for the most-part I believe we should feel very proud of how we’ve responded.

But then there’s those who have absolutely shone. Through the toughest times our business community has ever faced we’ve received a flood of support towards our Wishlist Spreads Love appeal helping those who need it most.

Through our appeal we’ve harnessed the sentiments of a grateful and generous community to thank our frontline health team, who have been heroes of the pandemic both locally and across the world.  Thanks to Superior Food Services and Bulla we’ve seen thousands of choc top ice creams, and recently balloons and chocolates from iGenerate Marketing delivered to hospital workers across the Coast. The Food and Agribusiness Network (FAN) continue to provide vouchers for takeaway meals to healthcare workers after a long shift.

To support patients in the most practical way our charity is distributing care packs to our most vulnerable patients, on discharge from a local hospital and out in the community.  

The care packs will be distributed to COVID-diagnosed patients, the elderly and frail, rehabilitation patients, mental health patients and new mums.   We realised that so many are doing it tough at the moment, and a little help can go a long way, particularly when you’re recovering from illness or injury.

Lisa Rowe with one of the Seniors Care Packs

We’ve filled our first round of packs with gifts and items purchased by Wishlist with your donations, and donations from generous business and individuals.

IGA Wises Rd, Cooroy, Maleny and Head Office donated $2,000 worth of grocery items, Colgate donated boxes of toiletry items, the Happy Snack Company donated boxes of chocolate chic peas and fava beans, and Alpha H skincare donated thousands of luxury face cleanser, skin masks, sunscreen and cleansing cloths.

A fantastic donation from The Happy Snack Company.

Big Top Shopping Centre has donated 10 care packs brimming with hundreds of dollars worth of goods, as has Sunshine Toyota – Wishlist’s long-term partner. 

Wishlist partner Push Productions provided the boxes for the packs, and has signed on to cover the cost of Wishlist’s quarterly newsletter, Daisy Chain – saving us more than $10,000 each year.

Just Better Care Sunshine Coast donated $20,000 worth of home care services, which could mean a free two-hour house clean, some shopping being done for a patient or simply some company over a cup of tea.

LINUS and CWA blankets and knee rugs are also included in some packs, hand made with love for patients of our local hospitals.

Thanks to a $5,000 donation from Wishlist partner Quickcorp we’ve also included $30 vouchers for home-delivered fresh produce, and other items that show our patients a little love. 

All donations to our appeal will go towards more packs to be distributed over the next few months across all hospitals from Caloundra to Gympie.

Wishlist partners continue their commitment to support the needs of the Sunshine Coast Hospital and Health staff. As priceless partners of our work Sunshine Toyota, Wealthmed, FTA Accountants and BOQ Maroochydore and Buderim offer additional payments to Wishlist for Health staff business, and some of these “commissions” will be directed to supporting more patients in the months ahead. 

Ausmar Homes pushed through challenging times to complete The House the Coast Built, that provides affordable, luxurious accommodation within walking distance to the Sunshine Coast University Hospital (SCUH) to patients and families. 120 local businesses built this six-bedroom, double storey home for Wishlist for almost no cost, and this home – Ausmar’s third charity home project for Wishlist – leaves a legacy to benefit countless families during the health crisis of a loved one.

We celebrated the launch of the magnificent home at our Virtual House Party which you can view below, and thanks to hosts 92.7 Mix FM and media partners WIN TV and the Sunshine Coast Daily we reached an audience of more than 18,400 people.

We simply can’t thank enough the team at Ausmar Homes and every business and family who contributed to the build, fit out and furnishing of this incredibly large, warm and welcoming home that will be open for business within days.

Adding to what they’ve already donated to help build The House the Coast Built through Mix FM’s Give Me 5 for Kids, Mick and Cherie Allwood of Capricorn Roofing have donated their two-bedroom apartment at Oceanside, on the lake opposite SCUH to Wishlist for the needs of families and patients.  

Wishlist’s range of accommodation options is growing to meet the needs of a burgeoning population and expanded services offered at SCUH.

Reed House, right beside Nambour Hospital, still serves the needs of cancer patients and others who need an affordable and comfortable place to stay to be close to Nambour or SCUH for treatment. We know the need for this type of accommodation will only grow, and thanks to Andrew Wallace MP and the Federal Health Department we have purchased land opposite SCUH on which to build Wishlist Solace Centre.

The multi-storey development will provide patient and carer accommodation, and offer space for collaboration with other not-for-profit and commercial entities that offer services to support patients through the hospital journey. Wishlist Solace Centre will also support Wishlist’s annual commitment to local research that benefits patients of the Sunshine Coast Hospital and Health Service.   

The website will be live soon showing more information about this project, and how you can be part of something very special for our community and areas beyond, such as western and central Queensland.

As a charity generously supported by the local business community for 21 years we’ve used this time, where possible, to give back to that community of supporters.

Rather than focusing on the normal wares of hospital kiosks, Wishlist have chosen to give local restaurants and cafes an opportunity to provide gourmet delights to Nambour hospital staff through the new Wishlist Coffee House Nambour enterprise.

One of our volunteers, Stella, at Wishlist Coffee House Nambour.

We know it’s not the most profitable move as a charity-run café but we see an opportunity to support the local restaurant and café industry, in a small way, and offer Nambour Hospital staff the option of some amazing meals for the next month or so.

Contributing weekly gourmet delights are Mercure Sunshine Coast Lake Kawana, Vista Restaurant and Deliciously Clean Eats.

We’ve also taken the unique step of offering WishlistConnect, our priceless membership app, to supporters for free until the end of July.  This app is used by most local Health staff and enables local businesses to offer deals to Health staff and the wider community, and support Wishlist at the same time.

We’ve been distracted by COVID, along with the rest of the world, but we’re also continuing the work we do to enhance local health services.

We’ve just ordered DVD players and Ipads for the Childrens Ward and two Buzzy Healthcare kits for Ambulatory Care thanks to Mix FM’s Give Me 5 for Kids last year, and $3,700 worth of TVs for Glenbrook House residents who have been isolated from family and friends for more than a month. 

I must thank Harry and Margaret Reed for yet another donation that made these orders possible, and for all this couple and family has done for families of the Sunshine Coast and beyond.

Coffee vouchers for staff of the Covid-19 wards, thanks to Sunshine Toyota.

We really are lucky to be Australian, but even more so to be Sunny Coasters.  There is no place like it.

Thanks for supporting Wishlist and for making life a little easier for patients of our local hospitals.

Keep well.

Lisa Rowe.

Care packs helping vulnerable patients during COVID-19

By Lacee Froeschl | Sunshine Coast Daily

AN 18-year-old new mum who was facing homelessness after being discharged from the maternity unit was among the first to receive a care pack made possible by a local business.

While many businesses are suffering a downturn in sales, Coast manufacturer Quik Corp has donated $5000 to Wishlist to help locals in need.

The money went to creating care packs for vulnerable patients and support Wishlist’s work to purchase vital medical equipment and fund crucial support programs.

Wishlist CEO Lisa Rowe with Quik Corp Managing Director David Wardle.
PIC: Patrick Woods – Sunshine Coast Daily

Made up of food items, vouchers, blankets and other miscellaneous items, Wishlist CEO Lisa Rowe said the care packs were helping hundreds of the vulnerable patients once they are discharged from hospital.

The young mum and a young family of four, whose parents both lost their jobs due to COVID-19, are just some to benefit from the care packs.

“These stories are not unusual unfortunately, but financial pressures are being felt even more so during this time, which is why Wishlist is giving care packs to those patients and families accessing health services that need it most,” Ms Rowe said.

Quik Corp managing director David Wardle, partnered with Wishlist for two years, said the donation came through a give-back promotion and was a way of paying it forward.

“We have been partners of Wishlist for two years now, and saw an opportunity to help during this health crisis,” Mr Wardle said.

“In December, we launched our new Bioweed Weed Killer into the Sunshine Coast market.

“As Bioweed is a healthier way to spray your weeds we thought it made sense to support the health sector.

“So we let our customers know that for every purchase of Bioweed, we would contribute to Wishlist as it’s such an important charity in our area.”

Ms Rowe said the donation was part of the Wishlist Spreads Love appeal, which has seen donations pour in to the tune of $10,733.

“During this time, people have lost jobs, there are very real struggles experienced by a large cohort of patients our staff are seeing in our local hospitals,” Ms Rowe said.

Get Wines Direct latest offer

Check out the latest offer from Wishlist partner Get Wines Direct, just for you!

Get Wines Direct are known best for pioneering the Australian online wine industry and for bringing Australia the best online wine deals from across the country and across the globe.

They have a huge range of Australian and imported wines with a wine for every occasion usually at the cheapest price offered online. From some of Australia’s and the world’s famous wine labels to boutique small yielding lines their experienced buying team makes sure only the finest wines are selected for their customers.


Get Wines Direct have partnered with Wishlist as a Corporate Partner to allow us to continue to support the Sunshine Coast Hospital and Health Service. Through their partnership we will be able to deliver high quality and engaging fundraising events throughout the year.

Virtual party reaches 18400 people

There’s no party like a Wishlist party – even when the leading Coast charity has to ‘go online’ to officially open The House The Coast Built, made possible by Ausmar Homes.

Due to Covid-19 restrictions, the hospital foundation hosted a virtual party on Friday afternoon which reached more than 18,400 people across their social media channels.

Wishlist CEO Lisa Rowe said the house warming party was hosted by 92.7 Mix FM’s Mark and Caroline and included local musicians, video messages from league legend Darren Lockyer, Taxiride frontman Jason Singh and local healthcare workers, as well as a virtual tour of the six-bedroom house in Birtinya.

“Unfortunately we couldn’t throw a street party for this phenomenal 14-month project which more than 120 businesses contributed to, but we put our thinking caps on and embraced technology instead,” Ms Rowe said.

“With our partners 92.7 Mix FM and Ausmar Homes, this was our way of thanking all the local businesses, suppliers and donors who made this project a reality.

“While it was extremely nerve-wracking being a ‘first’ for us and relying completely on technology and our small team, hosting a virtual party really was worth it.”

The live broadcast was streamed on Wishlist’s facebook page and website and reached more than 18,400 people and 4,400 views.  

If you didn’t catch the broadcast, click here.

Join our Virtual House Warming Party

We invite you to the grand opening of The House The Coast Built, LIVE from the comfort of your own home.


Due to COVID-19 we can’t host a street party to mark this grand occasion, so instead we will party VIRTUALLY with hosts Mark and Caroline from 92.7 Mixfm, local musicians, Ausmar Homes and publicly thank all the generous people who contributed to bring this project to life.

It’s easy to join!

On Friday, May 1 at 4pm log onto the Wishlist Facebook page or right here on our website –

Grab a cuppa, beer or wine, sit back, and be entertained LIVE with a 45-minute interactive broadcast – comment, like, laugh and cry with the rest of us in the best seat in YOUR house!


The House The Coast Built is a home away from home for families and carers while their loved ones undergo treatment, surgery or emergency stays at the Sunshine Coast University Hospital (SCUH).

Together with Ausmar Homes and 92.7 Mix FM’s Give Me 5 For Kids Appeal, more than 120 local businesses donated their time and resources to bring the project to life.

The project was a mammoth build – and we’re so excited to welcome families in need to stay at the home when the party is over.

Join us in thanking EVERYONE who contributed and to celebrate the completion of The House The Coast Built!

April update from Lisa Rowe

I was chatting to an Emergency Doctor a couple of weeks ago and he likened the situation at the time to the moments before the tsunami rolls onto the beach after the tide has gone out. He said it’s like he and his team in our local hospitals are ready on the sand left exposed by the receding waters, waiting for the enormous wave to reveal itself on the horizon.

The call I made was one of many to our frontline health teams asking how we, their local hospital foundation, might best help them and their patients during this unusual time.

Right before the water receded it was business as usual. 

Wishlist had just approved the funding of a therapeutic garden at Nambour Hospital, an extension of the $30,000 Wellness Garden we funded for staff and patients years ago.  

We had also committed to a $380,000 rehabilitation garden, playground and upgrade of the outdoor staff area at Gympie Hospital.

A $200,000 Family Room for patients of the Paediatric Critical Care Unit will be funded as soon as the COVID emergency passes and services return to normal.

We ordered an intra-oral camera for Nambour Hospital’s Oral Health department, voice amplification devices for stroke patients and those with neurological disease, and committed to a third day each week for the local Clown Doctor service.

But then as most of our office staff moved to working remotely, businesses were forced to close and unemployment lines grew longer the reality of our new world took hold.

The Wishlist Fun Run is postponed until October, the profile of our much-loved Mix FM’s Give Me 5 for Kids appeal will be greatly diminished this June, and events like our Wishlist Jazz and Wine Festival and Wishlist Spring Carnival are in question (but still on at this stage). 

So with so much uncertainty around future fundraising income our charity, like many others, has placed a hold on the funding of new projects and services for now.

We continue our commitment to music, pet and yoga therapy, and of course our local Clown Doctor service, but sadly many of these services are halted temporarily to avoid risk to patients and themselves. 

Volunteer services have also been impacted with the beloved blue-vested volunteers at SCUH, Nambour, Caloundra and Gympie all being stood down for now.  So too the Coastal Caring Clowns who have been donating laughs aplenty to local hospitals for twenty years.

The Wishlist/SERTF Research Grant Round has been postponed until later in the year, because we don’t want to add unnecessary pressure to a workforce focused almost entirely on the pandemic.

The Nambour Hospital Auxiliary has also been impacted by these unprecedented times and after 34 years of serving Nambour Hospital patients and staff they’ve closed the doors on the Kiosk, an operation that’s raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for Nambour Hospital needs. 

But when one door closes another door opens. Wishlist seized the opportunity to open Wishlist Coffee House Nambour, inspired by the success of the Wishlist Coffee House Gympie. We plan to continue the outstanding work of Auxiliary President Jean Whitney, her staff and volunteers and through the enterprise continue to support the needs of Nambour Hospital and beyond. 

In just over a week the Wishlist team, lead by Jeff McColl, has pulled together the new look Wishlist Coffee House, complete with a new menu.

Speaking of doors, we’re thrilled to say that the finishing touches are being completed on The House the Coast Built and we’re set to open by the end of the month.  It’s been an interesting last-minute rush to retrieve furniture from local businesses forced to suddenly close their doors, but thanks to Ged and the team at Ab Fab Removals it’s all been collected and stored safely for the next couple of weeks.

It’s your generous contribution that has seen this furniture, linen and utensils purchased, and it’s your generous donations to 92.7Mix FM’s Give Me 5 for Kids that bought the land.  It’s the contribution of more than 80 generous local businesses that has seen this magnificent six bedroom, six bathroom home built for next-to-nothing for Wishlist and for the benefit of countless families who will call it home during the worst time of their lives.

It’s the vision of Ausmar Homes that sees this, their third House the Coast Built, adding to a legacy already begun with a suite of ophthalmology equipment housed at Caloundra Hospital and $300,000 worth of equipment and resources provided to our children at a local hospital.

I have to pause here to tell you how amazed I am at the size of home that Ausmar has created on a 450m2 block of land. It is enormous! Our plans for a Street Party to mark the opening of the home have been foiled by a virus but we promise you’ll get a peak when we host a Virtual House Party later this month. When life returns to normal you’ll be invited to check out this special home in person.

So back to how we can best help our Health families and local patients during this time.

We’ve opened Reed House at Nambour Hospital to health staff who wish to self-isolate to keep their families safe. 

We are coordinating the delivery of food donations from local businesses to frontline health staff.  A big thanks to Bakers Delight Birtinya who donated 7,500 individually wrapped hot cross buns to all our local hospitals.  Headland Park Golf Club is donating restaurant-prepared packaged meals to health staff and we’re working with the Food and Agribusiness Network (FAN) to provide home-delivered meal vouchers to weary staff at the end of a long shift.

We continue to harness the gratitude of a generous community through our Wishlist Spreads Love campaign, that’s seen messages of gratitude feature across our social media channels and adorn the big screen at the front of SCUH, screensavers across our hospitals and at Big Top and Sunshine Plaza shopping centres.

Our health heroes are more loved and appreciated by this community than they’ll ever know. 

We’re also exploring some ideas we have to help local patients – our most vulnerable – being discharged to return home to isolation, and some other ideas to help staff.  Our recent SMS appeal raised just over $2,750 to date towards this work and we’ll be texting you again in the months to come.

Just on that, we know our world is hurting and that many of you can’t give right now.  We also see every day that many businesses and families want to do something to help those fighting for us in this silent war, and you Sunshine Coast, continue to give.  For the past 21 years it’s been our job to direct that generosity towards the maximum benefit for Coast health services, and we’re working to do that now. 

So stay tuned for more on these initiatives, and the other equipment and resources we’ve allocated to our wish list this month for future funding.

Call it naivety, eternal optimism or blind faith in the Aussie determination but I’m willing that tsunami to never come in. We’re doing the right thing by self-isolating and right now we are flattening the curve. I’m really proud of how our country is handling this crisis.

This too shall pass and the world will return to the new version of normal.  Until then please stay home, stay safe and know our gratitude to you, the supporters of our cause is as unrelenting as those waves lapping up on Moffat Beach.

Take care. From Lisa Rowe, Wishlist CEO.

We just text you!

If you just received a text message from us, it really was Wishlist asking for your help to support patients and staff during the COVID-19 emergency.

Donating to Wishlist will help Wishlist Spread Love by providing:

  • COVID-19 related support, as it unfolds.
  • Wellbeing initiatives for healthcare workers fighting this outbreak.
  • Support for a range of Sunshine Coast and Gympie patients in need.

Your donation also assists Wishlist to continue supporting public hospitals on the Sunshine Coast and in Gympie through the provision of vital medical equipment, hospital accommodation, staff scholarships, support services and ongoing research.

100% of ALL donations go directly to priority causes and stays on the Sunshine Coast and Gympie for the benefit of local patients and families.

We really appreciate your support and would love if you could share our donation page below.

Click the link below to make a donation, call the Wishlist team on 5202 1777 or email us at

Every cent counts – thank you for considering a donation to Wishlist.


Not your average scrubs

Who says scrubs and uniforms have to be boring?

Infectious Clothing have partnered with Wishlist once again to bring fun and colour back into medical apparel on the Sunshine Coast.

From speciality prints and colourful scrubs to versatile corporate wear, CEO Sally Doran has been a driving force behind ‘pop up shops’ occurring across the Sunshine Coast Hospital and Health Service (SCHHS).

“Our main goal is to be able to give back to our local health service and support the amazing healthcare workers in our region and improve patient care and services,” Ms Doran said.

“Our other goal is to make it easier for health service workers have access to uniforms. 

“Working long hours in varying shifts make it very difficult to do tasks that many 9-5’ers take for granted, so by bringing our shops to the hospitals we make it easy for the SCHHS team to make sure they are always looking great.”

Infectious Clothing became a Wishlist partner in 2018 and have continued their support through a Corporate Partnership.

“A few years ago our youngest son Sam was rushed to hospital (Nambour ED) with a reaction to a virus, he was then quickly transferred to SCUH ED then the paediatric ward. 

“He was in the hospital for about a week and the care he received was top notch at every stage. We feel very lucky to live so close to such a world-class facility and team.

“It’s important for business to be connected to their communities, by giving back and being involved with charities such as Wishlist we build stronger community spirit and there for stronger supportive communities that rally around in times of need. 

“As Wishlist does by providing emergency accommodation and support services to those most in need.”

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A word from Staff Scholar…

My name is Tanja Harris and I am a paediatric nurse from Gympie Hospital.

I started paediatric nursing in 1992 in Germany where I did my nurse’s training.

Wishlist Staff Scholarship recipient Tanja Harris.

I have worked in paediatric rheumatology in Germany, at the former Royal Children’s Hospital in Brisbane and at the Caboolture paediatric unit before moving to Gympie, where I’ve been working on the paediatric unit since 2006.

I love our little unit and its team and I am grateful to Wishlist for providing me with financial support for my studies.

Having completed the studies for my certificate in paediatric nursing has solidified my paediatric knowledge and I enjoyed reflecting on paediatric practice with other students from paediatric units all over Australia.

I’m sharing my newly gained knowledge with my colleagues and NUM and we are incorporating this into our daily practice.