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Donations hand-made with love

We recently received seven hand-made kids’ wooden tables and chairs, along with wooden toys to distribute to children’s hospital wards and services across the Sunshine Coast region.

Members of the Blackall Range Woodcrafters Guild, also known as the ‘Woodies’, spent several months making the tables and chairs as part of their ongoing community give-back project.

Driven by a love for their craft and a desire to help their local group and charities, the hinterland group are known for their boundless generosity and support of many local charities.

Table donation 2As well as tables and chairs, the ‘Woodies’ have dedicated time to making various wooden items for the Health Service including tables, the lectern and candlesticks for the Sunshine Coast University Hospital Chapel, and many years ago the Nambour Hospital chapel.

Wishlist CEO, Lisa Rowe, said the donation of the toys, tables and chairs was just as important to Wishlist’s work as the financial donations needed to support all areas of local health.

“We currently have quite a few paediatric projects underway. Many require enhancements to children’s waiting room areas from Caloundra to Gympie Hospital.  We’d otherwise buy these items for areas that need them, so the ‘Woodies’ have saved us money and made a big difference to our local hospitals.”

The group has also offered to assist Wishlist with The House The Coast Built project – a home away from home for families with loved-ones receiving treatment at the Sunshine Coast University Hospital.

“This group of clever men and women make such a difference to our community, while doing something they love,” Ms Rowe said.

The wooden furniture was delivered to Wishlist on 1 November and is already in use in various hospital wards and units including the Sunshine Coast University Hospital Paediatric Outpatient Ward, Maternity Ward, Paediatric Intensive Care Unit and the Gympie Hospital Paediatric Unit.

iPads a nice distraction for paediatric patients

We have just funded a delivery of iPads to the Sunshine Coast University Hospital’s Paediatric outpatient unit to aid with distraction therapy for kids at the clinic.

The iPads were funded by Wishlist as part of a Project Funding Round, and will be immensely beneficial to patients in the paediatric units.

Holley Mathews enjoys one of the newly funded iPads

Children waiting for procedural sedation, with a behavioural diagnosis or undergoing chemotherapy treatment will now have a much needed and much deserved distraction.

Clinical Nurse of the Unit, Sue Maclean, said the iPads will be a welcomed distraction for both paediatric patients and their parents.

“Children with a behavioural diagnosis who come to the clinic can use the iPads for game play – allowing doctors to plan, assess and have important discussions with mum and dad.

“The iPads can also be used as a diversion tool for children waiting procedural sedation and feeling anxious, as well as children undergoing chemotherapy treatments.

“If these kids can have a presence in the game they’re playing on the iPads, they’re not as focused on the invasive procedures they need to have. It’s a nice distraction for them”, said Ms Maclean.

 

Gympie Soiree – celebrating 150 years of Gympie Hospital

Hundreds of Hospital Staff turned out in style on Saturday, 20 October to celebrate Gympie Hospitals 150th anniversary.

The function was an opportunity for staff and community members to pay tribute to more than a century of outstanding health service.

The celebrationGympie soiree was successful in bringing the community together to acknowledge the important work of Gympie Hospital, and appreciate the advances in Gympie’s health service over the years.

In addition to this, the event managed to raise an impressive figure over $12,000 for Wishlist to dedicate to fund staff education, equipment and support programs in Gympie.

Gympie Hospital Director of Nursing and Facility Manager Nicole White said the event was a great success and a great opportunity for current and former work colleagues to reconnect and share memories while celebrating our wonderful hospital.

 

Calling for community support – The House the Coast Built

We are calling on the local Sunshine Coast community to rally behind The House the Coast Built to help create a home away from home for families with loved-ones receiving life-saving treatment at the Sunshine Coast University Hospital.

House-the-Coast-Built-Logo-Portrait“Our primary focus is to keep families together at a time when the support of loved ones is needed the most, and anyone who has found themselves in this situation will know how important that is,” Wishlist CEO Lisa Rowe said.

“For many families finding affordable accommodation close to the hospital is very difficult, especially for extended periods of time.  Building The House the Coast Built will create a haven for families to return to after long and often very stressful days in hospital.”

Funds raised from 92.7 Mix FM’s Give Me 5 For Kids as well as those from this year’s very successful Wishlist Spring Carnival Lunch made it possible to purchase the land in a prime location, walking distance from the Hospital.

Wishlist is now calling out for support from local trades and suppliers as well as anyone else who feels they can contribute to the success of the project.

THTCB 1We are incredibly lucky to have the wonderful team at Ausmar Homes back on board for this project and we don’t underestimate the value of their contribution in making this house a reality. This will be the fourth House the Coast Built completed in partnership with Ausmar Homes.

Ausmar Ambassador Darren Lockyer is also on board with The House the Coast Built and is working to raise awareness of this project.

Ausmar Homes Business Unit Manager Josh Green said, “those who come on board can take great satisfaction in the long-term contribution they are making to our community.”

“This is an opportunity to genuinely make a difference to people’s lives at a time when it really matters.

“At this stage we encourage anyone wanting to come on board to get in touch.  We are looking for building supplies, trades people, landscaping and furniture to turn this into a welcoming home for those who need it.”

For those looking for more information on how to get involved, please call Lisa Wilson on 0411 853 777. To find out more about Wishlist and The House the Coast Built, please visit www.wishlist.org.au.

The House The Coast Built

We are excited to announce that we are joining forces with Ausmar Homes and local contractors to build the fourth The House The Coast Built.

Our most ambitious project yet, we’re planning to build an affordable accommodation facility for families with loved-ones receiving life-saving treatment at the Sunshine Coast University Hospital.

“Many faHouse-the-Coast-Built-Logo-Portraitmilies travel great distances to support their loved-ones, often children, undergoing life-saving treatment at our Sunshine Coast University Hospital”, Wishlist CEO Lisa Rowe said.

“We are so very grateful and excited to announce that Wishlist have secured a piece of land in Birtinya – walking distance to the Hospital – with plans to build a house to accommodate a number of guests. And to ensure families can stay together when family love and support matters most”.

With funds raised from 92.7 Mix FM’s Give Me 5 For Kids and other initiatives, Wishlist have purchased a piece of land close to the Hospital. Settlement is set for Friday 12 October, marking the official start to this massive The House The Coast Built project.

A true Sunshine Coast legacy, the project will be a community effort, with trades and services being donated from across the region.

Wishlist have partnered with Ausmar Homes, 92.7 Mix FM, The Sunshine Coast Daily, WIN News & Fresh PR to make this project possible.

Teddy bear donation spreads joy to hundreds of little patients

A donation of 280 teddy bears to Sunshine Coast Health Foundation, Wishlist, has brought smiles to the faces of the Sunshine Coast University Hospital’s smallest patients.

Donated by home styling company, Lorraine Lea, the bears will be handed out to children in the Hospital’s Paediatric wards, who will bravely undergo treatment for a range of illnesses in the coming months.

Aria Jackson with PJ Bear

On Thursday, October 10, local Lorraine Lea leaders, Cassie Dodds and Jodi Hamlyn-Harris dropped in to the Sunshine Coast University Hospital’s Paediatric Outpatient Unit to surprise the kids with a very special ‘Super PJ Bear’.

Jodi Hamlyn-Harris (Lorraine Lea), little Aria Jackson, Mum Jade Jackson, Cassie Dodds (Lorraine Lea)

“We are so chuffed to be able to present the PJ Bears on behalf of Lorraine Lea”, said Jodi.

“Lorraine Lea is such a beautiful company that is always giving back to the community, especially to children in need. We feel incredibly proud to be able to donate these bears”, said Cassie.

Paediatric Outpatient Clinical Nurse, Sue Maclean, said the bears offer many benefits to the kids undergoing treatment at the Hospital.

“There’s nothing better than seeing a smile on the kids’ faces. Often, they’re not having the best day, so these bears are a welcomed distraction. And when the kids are smiling, Mum and Dad are smiling, too. Everyone is happier,” said Ms Maclean.

Close to 2000 bears were donated by Lorraine Lea hosts and guests to paediatric wards in hospitals around Australia.

Wishlist provide ongoing support to Sunshine Coast Hospital’s paediatric units, including the recent funding of $6952 for iPads as diversional therapy for children undergoing surgery and the extension of the popular local Clown Doctor service for another two years – valued at $110,800.

New equipment for Mental Health Unit sensory room

Noise-cancelling headphones, iPods, fitness equipment and art supplies are among a long list of items Wishlist have funded for the Mental Health Inpatient Unit at Nambour Hospital, to improve the sensory room for patients.

The equipment will encourage patients to use the sensory room as a space for respite, de-escalation and time out.

IMG_2529Occupational Therapist for the Unit, Natasha Bruce, said the equipment caters for a wide-range of needs.

“The items such as weighted modalities and tactile objects have been extremely helpful for incorporating as part of our group program.
“I have no doubt that, as staff get used to using the new equipment, our consumers will continue to benefit and feel more comfortable on our challenging ward.

“It’s nice to see patients coming to these spaces and requesting alternatives to medications. Many have commented that the space is very helpful and appreciated, said Natasha.”

The sensory room initiative is one of several mental health programs supported by Wishlist. More than $1400 has been approved to purchase drums and other rhythmic instruments for Mental Health Units at the Sunshine Coast University Hospital and Nambour Hospital, to assist with anxiety and emotional control.

Wishlist Spring Carnival final tally!

With an ambitious goal to establish the first affordable family accommodation facility near the Sunshine Coast University Hospital, the 2018 Wishlist Spring Carnival has raised over $125,000 in just four hours.

Thanks to the generosity of the Sunshine Coast community at Friday’s event, Wishlist can continue to work towards building the much-needed accommodation facility.

“We are thrilled to announce this tally,” Wishlist CEO Lisa Rowe said.

“Many families are travelling great distances to support their loved-ones, often children, undergoing life-saving treatment at our Sunshine Coast University Hospital.

“We are so very grateful and excited to announce that Wishlist have taken the first steps to secure a piece of land within walking distance of the hospital, with plans to build a house to accommodate a number of guests—ensuring families can stay together when family love and support matters most”.

Lisa Rowe and Deborah Love (photo credit Greg Gardner)Guest speaker at the event, Deborah Love, talked to the 540-strong crowd at Friday’s fundraiser, about the importance of family accommodation after losing her son James, age 7, to Brain Cancer in 2016.

“The money raised at this event, you might think, will buy the land, or bricks and mortar. You might also think it will buy material or the cost of labour. But this is not as significant as what this fantastic facility will really buy—time. Family time, which might not be possible any other way”, Mrs Love said.

“It will give the chance of laughter. It will allow for time out, or to be normal for a few moments. It will provide opportunities to create beautiful memories, which, for some, might be all they leave with”.

In the first 12 months of the Sunshine Coast University Hospital opening, 1089 paediatric patients, who lived more than 50km from the hospital, were treated. Another 340 mums who live outside our region were transported to our state-of-the-art maternity unit to deliver their babies – often pre-term.

Friday marked the 10th annual Wishlist Spring Carnival Gala, which has raised more than $1.2 million.

The event was hosted by two of television’s most popular personalities, Sunrise’s Natalie Barr and Mark Beretta, and included an intimate performance from rock legend, Jon Stevens.

“The day was a great success, truly highlighting the fantastic community we live in,” Ms Rowe said.

$442,310 worth of support to local health projects

We are so excited to announce that we have committed a massive $442,310 worth of support to local health projects, including $10,000 towards a superbug research project.

Dr Adam Stewart -Department of Infectious Diseases at the Sunshine Coast University Hospital

Dr Adam Stewart

Funding the critical and innovative superbug research project – a joint collaboration with the University of the Sunshine Coast – will enable a better understanding of the nature and spread of drug-resistant bacteria, known as superbugs, among hospital patients.

Project lead, Dr Adam Stewart, in the Department of Infectious Diseases at the Sunshine Coast University Hospital (SCUH) hopes the research will enable rapid identification of resistant bacterial infections to reduce the risk of a hospital outbreak.

“The information obtained from this study will determine if there is evidence of transmission of infections occurring within our hospital, especially in high-risk patients in the Intensive Care Unit,” Dr Stewart said.

“Ultimately, we hope to enable a faster, more directed infection control response.”

“As well as posing a threat to our patient population, hospital outbreaks are known to carry a major financial burden on the public health service.”

The $10,000 Wishlist grant will go directly towards the identification and genetic characterisation of more than 200 multi-drug resistant organisms.

“The Wishlist grant will provide our team with the resources we need to start this urgent research. We can now work on enhancing our care, especially for our most vulnerable patients.”

Wishlist’s commitment of $442,310 has provided financial support to many other Sunshine Coast health initiatives, which included $76,007 worth of vital medical equipment.

Wishlist CEO Lisa Rowe said the spend also included the extension of the popular local Clown Doctor service for another two years – valued at $110,800, and additional hours for the music therapist to spend with palliative care patients at Caloundra Hospital.

“We are happy to announce that we are not only supporting important medical research projects and purchasing medical equipment, but the giggles and gags in the Children’s Ward will continue with our local Clown Doctors,” Ms Rowe said.

WHAT ELSE WISHLIST IS FUNDING:

$76,007 in life-saving medical equipment
$5080 towards staff education
$6952 for iPads for children undergoing surgery
$19,532 for a Telehealth Unit at Gympie Hospital

Help patients like Havana

Her smiling face is lighting up Woolworths cash registers across the Coast and there is a very good reason Havana from Wurtulla is sharing her story.

The five-year-old is the Sunshine Coast’s ambassador for the 2018 Woolworths Wall Token appeal which raises significant funds for Wishlist, through the Children’s Hospital Foundation.

Havana was suffering from a limp which was mistaken for restless leg syndrome, despite multiple tests and x-rays. When doctors at the Sunshine Coast University Hospital did a full body MRI in the hope of finally finding answers, what they discovered was absolutely devastating.

Havana, a happy and energetic little girl, had a tumour mass in her stomach.

Havana, 5, from Wurtulla.

Havana, 5, from Wurtulla.

Havana’s mum Natasha recalled the day she finally got answers for what was causing her little girl so much pain.

“Havana had not even woken from the anaesthetic of the MRI when the doctors took me to a room alone to tell me this news,” Natasha said.

“I told them they were wrong and they had no idea what they were on about. How could a happy, playful child have something so bad wrong with her?

“I was honestly gobsmacked.”

Natasha asked her partner to bring the other children up to the hospital, including Natasha’s siblings who live with her.

“We sat outside the hospital and I told the kids what was wrong with their sibling and niece, and reassured them that everything was going to be fine.”

The next day, Havana was on her way to the Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital – about 100km away from their family home on the Sunshine Coast. Their family was separated, and little Havana was about to take on the fight of her life, for her life.

“The doctors told me the tumour was in her pelvic floor but was creeping around into her spinal cords,” Natasha explained.

“I told the kids it was going to be OK, not knowing that our whole world had changed and would be turned upside down for the next 12 months – we would be living apart, and there was also the unknown of what was actually going to happen to Havana.”

For the past year, Havana has endured chemotherapy, which started from the first day she arrived at Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital.

“Havana was put on chemotherapy straight away and we were told about all the chemotherapy that she would be receiving. There was so much information to take in at this time.

“Doctors were not sure what type of cancer they were dealing with. After taking a good biopsy they were able to work out it was Ewing’s sarcoma.”

Havana has missed her brother and nieces, and they have struggled without their family being together. The side effects of chemotherapy have affected Havana’s potassium levels and her ability to gain weight.

“Havana’s had hard moments and losing her hair was one of them,” Natasha said. “She wouldn’t ever let me take photos of her and she wouldn’t smile. Havana gives me attitude when she doesn’t want to take medicines or doesn’t want to try to eat and that is when I know Havana is saying she’s had enough. But, she keeps fighting even though she has bad days.”

For close to a year, the hospital has been Havana’s second home. Her mum said programs run by the Children’s Hospital Foundation – especially bedside play and music therapy – have helped Havana during her treatment. “The bedside play volunteers play regularly with Havana and she enjoys their company a lot. This has helped her get through her long hospital stays.”

Your generous donations to the Woolworths Regional Wall Tokens Campaign helps fund programs in your local hospital, and at Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital, which help families like Havana’s through an emotional, stressful, and at times uncertain journey.

Donate today by buying a $2 token at your local Woolworths store.