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Q&A with Brenden Brial

Hear from our partners. We caught up with Brenden Brial from BOQ Mooloolaba to chat about why his business partnered with Wishlist.

1. How long have you been involved with Wishlist? We have been involved with Wishlist for over 15 years in various capacities.

2. Why do you personally connect with Wishlist’s vision? As a local business that relies on the community, we love the fact Wishlist is also a local charity supporting local families.

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BOQ Mooloolaba Owner Manager Brenden Brial

3. What do you believe are the highlights in the partnership? There are many highlights so far including establishing the Exclusive 300 Club, the first House the Coast Built, Give Me 5 For Kids and the Cancer Ward at Nambour General Hospital to name a few. All fantastic and extremely important contributions to the Sunshine Coast Community.

4. Why does BOQ Mooloolaba place such a high value on ‘giving back’? Without the local community we would not have a business. There are many people less fortunate than us, and with three children, giving back was our way of trying to make sure many families would be better off for what we achieved.

5. Why should Wishlist supporters and staff bank with you? As banking partner of Wishlist, we continue to be heavily involved with the broader community on a daily basis. We provide a high level of personal service and care about our customers.

Find out more. Visit BOQ Mooloolaba today.

Brave Bella’s journey – GM5FK

This month beautiful Bella turned five, but it hasn’t been an easy road for the resilient Sunshine Coast youngster.

Bella was born with a rare genetic disorder called 22q11 deletion syndrome which means Bella is missing a piece of a chromosome.

“Being our fourth baby, my husband and I knew from birth something wasn’t right,” mum Charlotte Brown said.

“She had issues with feeding at birth… She suffered a blocked airway at six weeks old and stopped breathing which was pretty terrifying. And she didn’t meet those major milestones like our other children.”

It wasn’t until Bella was 16 months old that she was formally diagnosed with the syndrome.

“It was a relief to get the diagnosis so we could get the right doctors involved because early intervention is so important, but it was upsetting knowing it was going to affect her whole life.

Bella's photo“Each individual with 22q11 deletion syndrome is different. It’s a multi-system and multi-organ condition.

“Bella is developmentally delayed, she’s behind in her speech, growth and fine motor skills. Just walking at the shops is hard, but she is doing well, she has good days and bad days.”

The cheeky pre-schooler is no stranger to the wards of the Sunshine Coast University Hospital (SCUH) and often travels to Brisbane to see her 12 medical specialists which includes her cardiologist, haematologist, speech therapist and gastroenterology doctor.

“I used to run my own business from home but I have given that up to look after Bella, and we travel a lot to Brisbane because a lot of her specialists don’t come up here to SCUH.”

The Brown family have been big supporters of this year’s 92.7 Mix FM Give Me 5 For Kids appeal which is raising funds for Family Accommodation close to SCUH to keep families together during critical times of need.

Bella in hospitalBella’s dad Joel manages the Coolum Woolworths store and has donated hundreds of dollars worth of baked goods for the recent GM5FK Teddy Bears Picnic and this Sunday’s Jessie’s Party at Fraser Park to help raise funds for the cause close to his heart.

“Obviously, there are a lot of hospital stays which mean juggling all the other kids around too and that’s why Family Accommodation centres are so important near hospitals,” Mrs Brown added.

“It affects the whole family unit when someone is sick in hospital.

“Having somewhere where you can prepare a meal or do washing takes a little bit of financial stress out of it as well because you’re not having to rely on takeaway. It means you can still be together when someone is sick.”

Make a difference today. Donate to 92.7 Mix FM’s Give Me 5 For Kids – visit www.giving.wishlist.org.au/donate to make a tax-deductible donation.

Wishlist is a not-for-profit organisation which directs funds to the needs of the Sunshine Coast Hospital and Health Service. Wishlist is the grateful beneficiary of 92.7 Mix FM’s Give Me 5 For Kids appeal.

 

Isabella’s update

TICKETS RELEASED FOR JAZZ & WINE FESTIVAL

Tickets to one of the best festivals in Gympie are now on sale.

The third annual Wishlist Jazz and Wine Festival will take place on the lawns of picturesque Gunabul Homestead on Saturday, August 4 featuring live entertainment, gourmet food and wine.

Wishlist Events and Fundraising Manager Lisa Wilson said tickets were selling faster than expected with Verandah VIP tickets almost sold out.

“Each year this event continues to grow and is so well-supported by the Gympie and Cooloola region,” Ms Wilson said.

“We also have a strong Sunshine Coast contingent who travel to Gympie to make the day, so this year we will be putting on a bus transfer to and a from the event for our Coast locals.”

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In the past two years, the event has raised more than $62,500 with all funds used to purchase medical equipment for Gympie Hospital.

In 2016, proceeds from the event purchased a BiPAP Non-Invasive Ventilator for the Department of Emergency and last year a $33,723 neuro-perfusion package was funded to enable acute stroke patients to access new treatment options in Gympie.

The event is expected to attract more than 200 people and boasts a gourmet barbecue, delicious cheese platters and a wide selection of wine, beer and other beverages for general admission entrants.

“Once again, the VIP area is proving to be ‘the place to be’ as we only have about 20 tickets (at time of print) left to sell,” Ms Wilson said.

“The VIP area offers the full festival experience on the verandah of Gunabul Homestead with an all-inclusive catering package including wine, beer and soft drinks.”

Ms Wilson said the entertainment line-up will be announced soon which is expected to feature celebrated jazz artists.

“We know wine and gourmet food is a pair like no other, but add in a mix of live jazz acts and your afternoon is sorted,” Ms Wilson said.

“This year we will be raising funds for a Family Accommodation facility close to the Sunshine Coast University Hospital so rural and remote patients who need to travel the region’s tertiary hospital can stay close during treatment.

“It’s just one way we can keep families or patients and their carers together during a critical time.”

Wishlist also plans to fund an innovative Telehealth service for Gympie Hospital.

For tickets to the 2018 Wishlist Jazz & Wine Festival click HERE. Tickets are strictly limited.

FACTBOX: Wishlist Jazz & Wine Festival

When: Saturday August 4

Time: 2pm – 6.30pm

General Admission tickets: $30 per person

Verandah VIP tickets: $130 per person

TURN OUT FOR THE TEDDY BEARS’ PICNIC

SET off for a stroll in the “woods” as the Teddy Bears Picnic kicks off on Sunday at Buderim Village Park.

Young and old will gather at the popular park for a morning of entertainment, fun-filled activities, food stalls and so much more.

“And the best thing is, it’s free entry,” Wishlist Event Manager Lisa Wilson said.

Ms Wilson is supporting the organising of the event with the dedicated 92.7 Mix FM team as part of June’s Give Me 5 For Kids appeal and promises the morning will be action-packed.

“From 9am, we have a line-up of local children’s entertainment taking the stage, plus a jumping castle, face painting, roving characters, food stalls and so much more,” she said.

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“The event is free to enter and families can then purchase their Fun Passes which will include five passes for food, drinks and unlimited activities.

“We will also have teddy and rug bundles for sale with the proceeds going to Give Me 5 For Kids.

“The Wishlist plush teddies are super cute and of course very popular with the youngsters, and the rugs are lovingly handmade and donated by our generous knitting and quilting groups from across the Coast.

“This event was only made possible by our local sponsors Just Better Care and Kruger Law so we are very grateful for their support.”

This year’s appeal will raise funds for family accommodation near the Sunshine Coast University Hospital (SCUH) so families can stay close during treatment.

The closest emergency medical accommodation near SCUH is located at Nambour in the form of Wishlist’s Reed House.

For more information, visit the ‘Events’ tab at wishlist.org.au or purchase your Fun Passes at giving.wishlist.org.au/giveme5.

FACTBOX:

What: 92.7 Mix FM’s Give Me 5 For Kids Teddy Bears’ Picnic.

When: Sunday, June 10, 9am until midday.

Where: Buderim Village Park, Church St, Buderim.

Cost: Entry is free, Fun Passes from $10 for food, drinks and unlimited activities.

Wishlist is a not-for-profit organisation which directs funds to the needs of the Sunshine Coast Hospital and Health Service.

Wishlist’s operational costs are covered by enterprise including Nambour General Hospital’s multi-storey carpark to ensure 100% of donations go directly to benefiting Sunshine Coast and Gympie’s public patients.

Focus on Dove Palliative Care

Darlene Streek has truly been to hell and back, but the gruelling four-year journey that eventually led to her becoming the full-time carer of husband Ron sent her on a new life path.

“Why is God taking my beautiful man,” she thought.

After a heart-breaking diagnosis that numbered the days of her beloved partner’s life, Mrs Streek said she spiralled through all the stages of grief almost immediately.

“Some of us grieve after death; I was experiencing mine while caring for him,” she said.

Strong and determined to fight his Non-SpecificInterstitial Pneumonitis, Mr Streek worked as a plumber for over three years post-diagnosis, however, he was forced
into retirement just nine months before he died.

“That nine-month span was the most meaningful, hardest, gut-wrenching time of my life,” she said.

Last week Australia honoured National Palliative CareWeek.

Nurse Unit Manager Clodagh Barwise-Smith.

Nurse Unit Manager Clodagh Barwise-Smith.

Events across the nation were held to raise understanding for the service and also attempted to answer one question, what matters most?

For Mrs Streek it was about life’s little luxuries, whether that was a morning walk or the
occasional scene scape.

The 68-year-old shared her story at the Kawana Community centre to families and carers currently travelling down a similar road.

She addressed many subjects including the importance of self-care, allowing oneself to grieve and gave a perspective of what care facilities on the Sunshine Coast really offer.

“I have now volunteered at Dove Cottage Palliative Care for nearly three years and have found it the most peaceful and beautiful environment. All your needs are catered for,” she said.

“To spend your last days in this environment is truly special and it is a privilege to volunteer alongside this dedicated team.”

Mrs Streek hopes her story and last week’s awareness campaign will help shed a  sparkle of light for those facing utter darkness.

Story by Annie Caughey – Maroochy Weekly

* Wishlist funds Music Therapy for patients Dove Palliative Care at Caloundra at a cost of $18,180 per annum. Wishlist also funds regular visits from Delta Therapy Dogs to the unit. If you can help, please consider donating here.

Teddy Bears Picnic next weekend

HUNDREDS of local families are expected to turn out for the first Teddy Bears Picnic as part of 92.7 Mix FM’s Give Me 5 For Kids appeal.

The whole family is invited and there will be plenty fun to be had at Buderim Village Park on Sunday June 10 from 9am until midday.

Wishlist Event Manager Lisa Wilson who is supporting the organising of the event with the dedicated Mix FM team said the morning will be action-packed.

“We have a line-up of local children’s entertainment taking the stage, plus a jumping castle, face painting, roving characters, food stalls and so much more,” she said.

“The event is free to enter and families can then purchase their Fun Passes which will include five passes for food, drinks and activities.

Four-year-old Sophie with her Wishlist Just Better Care teddy bear ahead of 92.7 Mix FM's GM5FK Teddy Bears' Picnic.

Four-year-old Sophie with her Wishlist Just Better Care teddy bear ahead of 92.7 Mix FM’s GM5FK Teddy Bears’ Picnic.

“We will also have teddy and rug bundles for sale with the proceeds going to Give Me 5 For Kids.

“The Wishlist plush teddies are super cute and of course very popular with the youngsters, and the rugs are lovingly handmade and donated by our generous knitting and quilting groups from across the Coast.

“This event was only made possible by our local sponsors Just Better Care and Kruger Law so we are very grateful for their support.”

This year’s appeal will raise funds for family accommodation near the Sunshine Coast University Hospital (SCUH) so families can stay close during treatment.

The closest emergency medical accommodation near SCUH is located at Nambour in the form of Wishlist’s Reed House.

For more information, visit the ‘Events’ tab at wishlist.org.au or purchase your Fun Passes at giving.wishlist.org.au/giveme5.

FACTBOX:

What: 92.7 Mix FM’s Give Me 5 For Kids Teddy Bears’ Picnic.

When: Sunday, June 10, 9am until midday.

Where: Buderim Village Park, Church St, Buderim.

Cost: Entry is free, Fun Passes from $10 for food, drinks and unlimited activities.

Wishlist is a not-for-profit organisation which directs funds to the needs of the Sunshine Coast Hospital and Health Service. Wishlist’s operational costs are covered by enterprise including Nambour General Hospital’s multi-storey carpark to ensure 100% of donations go directly to benefitting Sunshine Coast and Gympie’s public patients.

WISHLIST VOLUNTEER BOARD MEMBER

The Sunshine Coast hospital foundation, Wishlist, is seeking expressions of interest from business and community leaders for a number of positions on the Board of Directors.

Skills and experience in not-for-profit management, the development and construction industry, and the corporate sector would be beneficial to the Board along with proven strategic thinkers and dynamic and innovative leaders in any field.

If you would like further information or would like to apply for this voluntary position please contact Lisa Rowe at lisa.rowe@health.qld.gov.au or phone on 0413 596 994.

A DAY IN THE LIFE OF A REED HOUSE VOLUNTEER

We caught up with Wishlist volunteer Cheryl Jeynes who has been dedicating her time at Reed House since 2009. 

How long have you been a volunteer at Reed House?

I have been a volunteer at Reed House from October 2009, a few months after the opening of Reed House on April 6, 2009. I volunteer on a regular basis one day a week or sometimes an extra day if others are away or ill.

Why did you become a volunteer?

It was always on my bucket list to volunteer after I finished work and I am so glad I did as I say to others I enjoy it more than when I got paid probably because you don’t have to do it but you want to and it gives me a lot of satisfaction to know I have made a contribution to make a difference for some people less fortunate than myself.

Volunteer Cheryl Jeynes who has been a volunteer at Reed House since 2009.

Volunteer Cheryl who has been a volunteer at Reed House since 2009.

What is the best part of your job at Reed?

The team I work with at Reed House are all wonderful, likeminded and different in personality who all contribute their many life skills and work experience it’s like having an extended family who support and care about each other.

Have there been any challenges?

There are always challenges in any job mainly seeing guests very upset after losing a loved one or getting a life changing diagnosis but you just give as much support and compassion as you can and there is always support for us too.

What is a typical day at Reed House?

A typical day starts with a handover from the caretaker or handover notes from the previous team, checking the in-house guest forms to bring us up to date and also any incoming guests for that day.

We make a list of any check outs for the day and their paperwork to make sure forms are signed and payments up to date.

We do a walk around the premises and to the common areas upstairs, check on guests’ welfare, remove any rubbish and check rooms of incoming guests for that day to make sure room is ready.

On Tuesday I do the banking for the week, process any invoices for payment and PTSS claims, do a stocktake of the linen and then place an order with C.L.S. if needed.

We check guest’s rooms after they have checked out, strip the used linen and replace with clean linen for the cleaner or make up the room ourselves if needed for incoming guests.

This is a snapshot as there so many other jobs that occupy our time.

For more information about Reed House visit www.reedhouse.com.au.

Are you interested in becoming a volunteer? Click here to register your interest.

 

REED HOUSE HANDED TO WISHLIST

AFTER nine years and almost 16,000 guests through the doors at Reed House, the charity accommodation centre at Nambour has been officially handed over to Wishlist today.

The centre has been run by dedicated Red Cross volunteers on behalf of Wishlist since opening in April 2009.

Wishlist CEO Lisa Rowe said today was about thanking the Red Cross team, volunteers and supporters of the 20-bed facility while celebrating the continuation of Reed House for patients and their families well into the future.

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“In 2009, Nambour Hospital was our major hospital and there were no affordable accommodation options close by,” Ms Rowe said.

“Most people have gone through the stress of a medical emergency or needing to be close to a loved one during treatment, so having this accessibility is so valuable.

“From elderly cancer patients to parents of babies in the special care nursery, or patients who live a long way from town but need access to medical services – Reed House has welcomed them all.

Lisa Rowe with Harry and Margaret Reed.

Lisa Rowe with Harry and Margaret Reed.

 

“The exceptional team at Red Cross have managed this facility for almost nine years, and we’re excited that Wishlist will commence the management of Reed House from this month.

“Reed House continues to be the emergency accommodation facility for patients and carers at Nambour Hospital and now Sunshine Coast University Hospital, so there’s no doubt we have an exciting future ahead of us for this building.”

Reed House took two years of planning, construction and countless volunteered hours by more than 90 generous Sunshine Coast businesses.

Former charity Reed Charity Foundation handed the premises over to Wishlist in 2009 and was the first facility of its kind on the Sunshine Coast providing a temporary home for patients and their families requiring ongoing medical treatment.

Founder Harry Reed said the project received overwhelming community support and generosity despite economic difficulties at the time.

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“The project was really a dream come true,” Mr Reed said.

“Since the first guests were welcomed in on April 6 in 2009 until 2016, 15,676 people have walked through those doors and had a place to rest.”

Recently, a pregnant patient from Toowoomba was flown to the Sunshine Coast University Hospital to give birth to her twins after a life-threatening complication.

Her partner and two other children drove to the Coast from Toowoomba and stayed at Reed House while the babies Oliver and Noah were being treated in the Neonatal Unit.

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Reed House offers affordable accommodation for patients receiving ongoing or emergency treatment at SCUH, Nambour Hospital, Selengor or Genesis CancerCare.

Patients who live outside a 50km radius of Nambour Hospital or SCUH may also eligible for a subsidy to assist with the costs of travel and accommodation.

For more information about Reed House visit reedhouse.com.au or phone (07) 5441 1049.