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Branding experts become charity partner

Noosa based business The Branding Office has added to their charitable partnerships, teaming up with one of Sunshine Coast’s leading charities, Wishlist.

‘Boss Lady’ at The Branding Office Jodi Veivers said supporting the hospital foundation was a way of giving back to the local community and enhancing the Coast’s health service for families.

“We love our community and believe that we all play an important role in making the region the great place that it is,” Mrs Veivers said.

“By supporting and working with Wishlist, we are able to get to the very heart and soul of the region.”

The company have been long-time supporters of Wishlist and recently became the foundation’s trusted merchandise provider.

Wishlist CEO Lisa Rowe said the partnership was a crucial element in keeping marketing costs to a minimum with The Branding Office providing WishlistConnect enviro cups, Wishlist water bottles and volunteer shirts.

“We are so grateful to Jodi and Justin for becoming part of the Wishlist family and helping our hospital foundation to fund research projects, life-saving medical equipment and support programs like music therapy and the local Clown Doctor service for youngsters in our Children’s Ward,” Ms Rowe said.

Jodi and Justin Vievers - The Branding Office

Jodi and Justin Vievers – The Branding Office

“It’s because of local businesses like The Branding Office that we are able to change the lives of families here on the Sunshine Coast.”

Mrs Veivers, a mother-of-two, said it was important to “lend a helping hand where you can”.

“As parents and business owners, we want to build a business that is based on simply doing the right thing,” Mrs Veivers said.

“It is also very positive to be surrounded by people of like mind who have strong social responsibility.”

When it comes to marketing, the team at The Branding Office use innovative, cutting-edge merchandise to ensure their clients can make the most of their brand.

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“We pride ourselves in being helpful. If we haven’t made your life a bit easier when it comes to marketing merchandise then we have failed. From inception and design to the final production and delivery, we are built around being helpful.”

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

For more information, visit wishlist.org.au.

Gympie children to benefit from new service

An innovative Telehealth service will connect Gympie Hospital paediatric patients with specialists at SCUH following a successful Wishlist Jazz & Wine Festival which raised $31,341.

All funds raised at the August 4 event will be directed to the needs of Gympie Hospital with the first item – a $19,532 Telehealth Service – to be ticked off the Wish List.

Andrew and Michelle Dunkley, Jo and Josef Zopf - Pic courtesy of The Gympie Times.

Andrew and Michelle Dunkley, Jo and Josef Zopf – Pic courtesy of The Gympie Times.

“Unwell children presenting to our emergency department will have access to specialist paediatric emergency consultants via telehealth, liaising with our local emergency consultants to provide optimised paediatric medicine for the health outcomes of the child,” Acting Director of Nursing Nick Jones said.

Wishlist CEO Lisa Rowe said having access to the facility would allow for timely transfers to benefit young patients and would also aid families who don’t necessarily have to travel to SCUH for treatment.

“The community really turned out for this event for the third year in the row,” Ms Rowe said.

“As always, funds raised in Gympie stay in Gympie, and it adds to our growing list of what we have funded recently at Gympie Hospital.”

This includes the $30,000 Gympie Hospital Gazebo near the Department of Emergency Medicine, $4000 towards a Masimo Sleep Study Monitor and equipment for the Paediatric and maternity rooms at Gympie Hospital, a $33,000 neuro-perfusion kit for stroke patients, plus upgrades to the Staff Quarters onsite at the hospital.

Mareen Walters, Theresa Field, Glenn Field, Nicole Atkinson, Kerry Zaninetti, Barry Webb, Alison Stockel - pic courtesy of The Gympie Times.

Maureen Walters, Theresa Field, Glenn Field, Nicole Atkinson, Kerry Zaninetti, Barry Webb, Alison Stockel – pic courtesy of The Gympie Times.

Thank you to all who supported the event, plus our major sponsors Schuh Group, Zinc 96.1, The Gympie Times and partners Karinya Florist, Get Wines Direct, Nestle, GMT Logging, Madill Motor Group, Gympie Regional Realty, Green RV, Kenilworth Dairies, Bidfood, and Xpresso mobile cafe.

To see all the photos from the day – visit http://www.facebook.com/Wishlistsc/.

JAZZ & WINE TICKETS AT THE GATE

The Wishlist Jazz and Wine Festival on Saturday will feature live music acts, gourmet food, fine wine and plenty of fanfare, but it will benefit countless Gympie and Cooloola families.

One of those families is the Bugden’s of Gympie – mum Carmel and her two children 15-year-old Samuel Bugden and daughter Chloe Bugden, 13.

The trio have a rare genetic disorder called Osteogenesis imperfecta, also known as brittle bone disease.

The genetic disorder results in bones that break easily plus other symptoms including a blue tinge to the whites of the eye, short height, loose joints, hearing loss and breathing problems.

brittle bone disease“Sam was nearly two when he was diagnosed. He’s had about 14 breaks so far, my daughter has had three and I’ve had six breaks,” Mrs Bugden said.

“When we fall – we break. Everything we do, we have to do a risk assessment. It’s just something we have to live with.”

For the past 18 months, Chloe and Sam have been seeing paediatric specialists for infusions to help strengthen their bones.

“Sam receives his infusions every four weeks at Gympie Hospital and my husband Stephen takes my daughter to the Sunshine Coast University Hospital (SCUH) for her infusions every three months.”

“The infusions take about three hours plus a 30 minute flush out. Some days it can take most of the day.”

Mrs Bugden said the infusions appear to be working, but they can be traumatic for the children.

“My son fell off the steps at school and hurt his elbow. He came home from school like a normal child – he just had some scrapes and scratches on his elbow and that usually would have ended in a break.”

Gympie Hospital foundation Wishlist will be fundraising for a $19,532 Telehealth Service at this weekend’s Festival for Gympie Hospital’s Paediatric Room to connect the region’s young patients with top paediatric specialists at SCUH.

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Wishlist CEO Lisa Rowe said the service would help the region’s young patients, like Samuel and Chloe, to have the option of getting specialist advice in a timely manner without having to travel the 90km to SCUH.

The Telehealth service is just one of the initiatives Wishlist is working on for Gympie families.

“For those who do have to travel, we are planning to build Family Accommodation as close as possible to SCUH to allow remote and regional families to stay close to their loved ones in critical times of need,” Ms Rowe said.

“Currently we have Reed House, a beautiful 20-room facility next to Nambour Hospital, and we offer a shuttle service from Reed House to SCUH for patient appointments.

“But we’d love to add another affordable option for families even closer to our tertiary hospital at Birtinya.”

Tickets are available at the gate of the Wishlist Jazz & Wine Festival which kicks off at 2pm until 6.30pm at Gunabul Homestead tomorrow (Saturday).

General admission is just $30. VIP tickets have sold out.

Jack’s life-changing diagnosis

Jack Dalla Costa is unlike most 15-year-old boys living in Gympie.

From the tender age of seven, Jack and his parents Emma and Jason received news that would be life-changing for the entire family.

“He actually came down with swine flu which knocked him about for months,” Mrs Dalla Costa said.

“It was about six months later when we asked him to come to the table for dinner one night that he literally couldn’t stand up and make his way over – he was basically crawling and my husband and I looked at each other said ‘something isn’t right’.”

At the time, the family lived in Weipa in Far North Queensland and voiced their concerns with their doctor.

“They did a muscle biopsy and that came back with Duchenne muscular dystrophy – a rare muscle disorder. It’s a genetic disorder affecting about one in 3,500 boys worldwide.”

Heartbreakingly, the male-dominant disorder has no cure and is a degenerative illness.

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“Many boys with Duchenne’s have a life expectancy in their early 20s,” Mrs Dalla Costa said.

“We feel very lucky to have Jack with us right now, but it is hard watching this happen to our son, and for his sisters watching his abilities being taken away from us each year.”

Every three months, Mrs Dalla Costa takes her son for medication infusions at the Sunshine Coast University Hospital (SCUH) and every six months to the Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital in Brisbane.

Jack receives regular care under the paediatric team at Gympie Hospital, however many of his specialists are based at SCUH.

It’s the reason the Dalla Costa’s have thrown their support behind a $19,532 Telehealth Service for Gympie Hospital’s Paediatric Room to connect the region’s young patients with top paediatric specialists at SCUH, and Wishlist’s project to provide family accommodation close to SCUH than their current facility, Reed House at Nambour.

“This Telehealth Service would allow Jack to get specialist advice in Gympie. It would be ideal because otherwise we have to travel to the Sunshine Coast to meet these specialists and it’s a huge day.

“For parents with sick kids, it’s an hour and a half each way, taking his wheelchair in and out and also organising the rest of the family (Jack has four sisters). The teleconferencing would be a huge additive to Gympie Hospital.”

Gympie Hospital Acting Director of Nursing Nick Jones spearheaded the innovative Telehealth campaign to help patients like Jack.

“The Telehealth Service is the main fundraising cause of the Wishlist Jazz and Wine Festival this Saturday,” Mr Jones said.

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2017 Wishlist Jazz & Wine Festival

“We really want to get this piece of equipment and associated software to our hospital to provide specialist advice and guidance for our paediatric patients through videolink.

“This will support patients and families, improve health outcomes and provide timely expert advice. It will also assist in the transfer of unwell children to receive the specialist care they require, while also giving us the option of patients remaining here at Gympie Hospital with care provided locally.”

Wishlist is also focusing fundraising efforts on providing family accommodation close to SCUH so that families forced to travel have an affordable accommodation option close to the hospital.

Mrs Dalla Costa said the staff at Gympie Hospital continually “go out of their way to help” her son.

“Jack is in a wheelchair and unable to care for himself with bathing and toileting, the hospital is the only facility that has a hoist that Jack can use. He is happy to go there and the nurses are always welcoming.”

“He even gets an ultrasound-guided cannula to find his veins on the screen before they put the drip in. This avoids Jack getting multiple jabs while trying to find his well-hidden veins.”

The hospital also helps the family with overnight respite.

Jazz & Wine Web Banner_smallWishlist will raise funds for the Telehealth service at Saturday’s Wishlist Jazz & Wine Festival at Gunabul Homestead.

VIP tickets have sold out, but $30 general admission tickets are still for sale.

The event has raised more than $62,500 in the past two years for Gympie Hospital and features an afternoon of live music, delicious cheese platters from Kenilworth Dairies, and a wide selection of fine wine from Get Wines Direct, beer and other beverages, plus a gourmet barbecue.

Wishlist Jazz and Wine is sponsored by Schuh Group, The Gympie Times and Zinc 96.1.

Two minutes with Fabio the Frog volunteer Sandy

We caught up with one of our Wishlist volunteers Sandy who dedicates her time to the Fabio the Frog project.

The Wishlist-funded program allows children to share their hospital experience through a fun and entertaining app and works as a feedback tool for our paediatric patients and parents.

The program started in 2016 and was the first of its type used in a public health service in Queensland. The program is now entirely run by Wishlist volunteers.

1. When did you join the Fabio the Frog team? January 2018.

2. Why did it appeal to you? I felt it would be very rewarding to be able to help sick children give feedback about their care while in hospital.

sandy3. Do you have a memorable story or patient you have met along the way? This one sticks in my mind when I was asked to sit with a young patient & hold their newborn baby sister in the Children’s Ward while their mother went downstairs for a coffee and a break. She was gone for about 15 mins and when she came back she had bought her child a helium balloon to cheer him up.

4. What is your role? To conduct weekly visits to the wards to interact with children and families in order to gather information about their journey while in the hospital.

5. What is the best thing about volunteering for Wishlist? The friendships I have made at Wishlist with both the staff and other volunteers I have met and had a pleasure to work with.

Would you like to volunteer for Wishlist? Get involved today by clicking here.

Telehealth service on Gympie Hospital ‘Wish List’

Next weekend little William Stokes will be six months old, but he has already had a visit to the Sunshine Coast University Hospital.

In early April, 10-week-old William was having trouble breathing properly after contracting bronchiolitis – a type of chest infection.

Gympie mother Jenni Stokes said because of William’s age doctors had to monitor the youngster in hospital.

“I had been to the doctors a couple of days earlier and they said if he got worse to just bring him back,” Mrs Stokes said.

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Photo: William Stokes at the Sunshine Coast University Hospital.

“He was 10 weeks old so the doctor said it was best to go up to Gympie Hospital. The doctors noticed William was struggling a little bit to breathe and because he was under 12 weeks they wanted him to go to SCUH to be monitored.”

Within hours the mum-of-four and her young son were transferred by ambulance to the major tertiary hospital at Birtinya.

“We stayed for a few hours overnight and thankfully we were discharged the next morning,” the childcare educator said.

William is just one of the many paediatric patients from the Gympie and Cooloola region who have made the trip to SCUH for treatment in the past year.

It’s also one of the reasons Gympie Hospital Acting Director of Nursing Nick Jones wants to bring an innovative Telehealth service into the paediatric room within Gympie Hospital’s Emergency Department.

“We have applied to our hospital foundation Wishlist to fund a Telehealth service specifically for our youngest patients in the Gympie region,” Mr Jones said.

“This service aims to provide emergency management support advice and guidance for our paediatric patients through videolink.

“It will be used to connect the top local paediatric specialists, based at the Sunshine Coast University Hospital, to patients in the Emergency Department at Gympie Hospital.”

Photo: William Stokes at the Sunshine Coast University Hospital.

Photo: William Stokes at the Sunshine Coast University Hospital.

Mr Jones said the $19,532 project would support patients and families, improve health outcomes and provide timely expert advice.

“It will also assist in the transfer of unwell children to receive the specialist care they require, while also giving us the option of patients remaining here at Gympie Hospital with care provided locally.

“Avoiding that extra travel when not necessarily needed is of great benefit to families because making that 90km journey can add to the anxieties and personal cost to parents.”

Mrs Stokes said a Telehealth service would be beneficial to many families in Gympie.

“It would definitely be more convenient,” Mrs Stokes said.

“With William I felt okay going to SCUH because they have the specialists there, but it was a quick turnaround to just come back again.

“A week before we had William, we were transferred to SCUH with my other son and when I was pregnant I had to travel to Nambour and SCUH for appointments because I had gestational diabetes.

“Of course you would never risk the health of your children, but if you can avoid the travel, I know a lot of mums who would appreciate that.”

Wishlist will raise funds for the Telehealth service at next Saturday’s Wishlist Jazz & Wine Festival at Gunabul Homestead.

VIP tickets have now sold out, but $30 general admission tickets are still for sale.

The all-ages event has raised more than $62,500 in the past two years for Gympie Hospital and features an afternoon of live music, delicious cheese platters from Kenilworth Dairies, and a wide selection of fine wine from Get Wines Direct, beer and other beverages, plus a gourmet barbecue.

Wishlist Jazz and Wine is sponsored by Schuh Group, The Gympie Times and Zinc 96.1.

For tickets click here. Tickets are limited.

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

$13,336 raised while rockin’ out

We are pleased to announce the inaugural Rock N Rides event held last Saturday at Aussie World raised $13,336 for Sunshine Coast charity Wishlist.

The event was attended by more than 650 people who enjoyed an evening of thrill-seeking rides at the iconic Coast theme park, followed by live music performed by Sunshine Coast Hospital and Health staff.

rock n rides picFunds raised on the night will be directed to continuing Wishlist’s service support projects including the local Clown Doctor program to bring smiles to little faces, diversional therapy for paediatric patients and music therapy at Dove Palliative Care.

“Thank you to everyone who attended our first Rock N’ Rides event at Aussie World,” Wishlist CEO Lisa Rowe said.

“We love when the community turns out to make a very real difference to local families, and of course we couldn’t have achieved this result without our wonderful and generous corporate partner Aussie World.”

To see all the photos, head to our facebook page.

 

Gympie photographer needed

Are you a Gympie based photographer?

We are hosting our annual Wishlist Jazz and Wine Festival on August 4 at Gunabul Homestead and we are searching for a photographer to donate their time on their day to take social photos. (You’ll get fjamie-street-253013-unsplashree tickets into the event!)

Your work will be credited and it’s a fun day to give back if you can.

If interested, please email bianca.keegan@health.qld.gov.au.

 

Entertainment announcement – Wishlist Jazz & Wine Festival

A Brisbane-based jazz musician will be part of the entertainment line-up for the 2018 Wishlist Jazz & Wine Festival which kicks off in Gympie on August 4.

The Shannon Marshall Hammond Combo will venture to Gunabul Homestead to entertain festival-goers as part of the fundraising event to benefit Gympie Hospital patients.

Wishlist Fundraising and Events Manager Lisa Wilson said the swinging combo will be playing a fresh mix of jazz, latin and soul at the event.

Shannon Marshall

Shannon Marshall

“Shannon is one of Brisbane’s coolest and captivating musicians and he leads an uber-cool combo with his soulful vocals and trumpet playing,” Ms Wilson said.

With the virtuosic Dancin’ Dale Rabic on hammond organ and Paul ‘the hit-man’ Hudson on drums, this all-star band has performed extensively around the festival circuit including many performances at the Brisbane Festival, Valley Fiesta, Valley Jazz Festival, Surfers Paradise Festival and the Broadbeach Jazz Festival.

When Shannon isn’t out the front of his own band he regularly performs alongside some of the country’s brightest stars including James Morrison, Emma Pask, Rhonda Burchmore, Tim Draxl and Monica Trapaga.

VIP Veradah tickets to the Wishlist Jazz & Wine Festival have now sold out, but general admission tickets are still for sale for $30 per person.

“This really is an affordable and fun day out for Gympie residents of all ages,” Ms Wilson said.

“We’d love to see the community turn out and support this fundraising event which in turn helps Gympie and Cooloola families access the best healthcare possible in the region.

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

trio half n halfIn 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.

This year the event will raise funds for an Emergency Paediatric Telehealth Service to be based at Gympie Hospital and link young patients with specialists at the Sunshine Coast University Hospital (SCUH).

A family accommodation facility close to the Sunshine Coast University Hospital is also on the charity’s ‘wish list’ so rural and remote patients who need to travel the region’s tertiary hospital can stay close during treatment.

Wishlist already manages the 20-unit Reed House accommodation facility at Nambour Hospital for rural patients needing treatment on the Sunshine Coast, but there is a growing needs for a centre to be built close to SCUH.

The Wishlist Jazz and Wine Festival is expected to attract more than 200 people and boasts a gourmet barbecue, live music, delicious cheese platters from Kenilworth Dairies, and a wide selection of fine wine from Get Wines Direct, beer and other beverages.

Wishlist Jazz and Wine’s major sponsor is local identity Cos Schuh from Schuh Group, as well as The Gympie Times and Zinc 96.1.

“This year will mark three years of the Wishlist Jazz and Wine Festival helping families in our region,” Mr Schuh said.

“I’m proud to be part of an event where locals can support other locals.

“If you haven’t purchased your tickets yet, get online and book because you don’t want to miss this one.”

Click here for tickets to the 2018 Wishlist Jazz & Wine Festival. Tickets are limited.

FACTBOX: Wishlist Jazz & Wine Festival

When: Saturday August 4

Time: 2pm – 6.30pm

General Admission tickets: $30 per person

Book: wishlist.org.au

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

 

Remarkable $5m effort

Listeners tuned into 92.7 Mix FM could not see the emotion, but they could hear it in Caroline Hutchinson’s voice as she realised sick Coast children will be given a fighting chance.

A teary Caroline, alongside co-host Mark Darin, looked up to the Alex Surf Club’s balcony to find the breakfast hosts had smashed their $600,000 fundraising goal towards Give Me 5 For Kids.

Caroline set the target which brings the Mix FM team’s total contribution to $5 million over the near 20 years the charity has run on the Sunshine Coast.

The pair explained this money will go towards accommodation close to the Sunshine Coast University Hospital to keep patients and their families close together during treatment.

“We are looking for land and this is enough to say ‘let’s go, let’s get it started, let’s have another house on the Coast’,” Caroline said.

The community celebrates as 92.7 Mix FM breakfast announcers Caroline Hutchinson and Mark Darin discover they have smashed their $600,000 fundraising goal for the Give Me 5 for Kids appeal.

The community celebrates as 92.7 Mix FM breakfast announcers Caroline Hutchinson and Mark Darin discover they have smashed their $600,000 fundraising goal for the Give Me 5 for Kids appeal.Amber Hooker

 

 

 

 

 

It will also go towards medical equipment including a video larygoscope; a potentially lifesaving type of intubation for newborns with respiratory failure.

Taking a brief moment off air, Mark said he and Caroline had run fundraising events every day throughout June and that seven businesses did the “heavy lifting” with contributions of more than $25,000 each.

“It really is everything from two bucks of Tooth Fairy money to $800 worth of travel raffle tickets that someone bought,” Caroline said, with Mark adding a “remarkable” $15,000 was raised this morning alone.

“We are an amazing community, I know that people trust Give Me 5 For Kids because we go to the hospital, that’s the place that everyone ends up eventually, you know,” Caroline said.

The community celebrates as 92.7 Mix FM breakfast announcers Caroline Hutchinson and Mark Darin discover they have smashed their $600,000 fundraising goal for the Give Me 5 for Kids appeal.

The community celebrates as 92.7 Mix FM breakfast announcers Caroline Hutchinson and Mark Darin discover they have smashed their $600,000 fundraising goal for the Give Me 5 for Kids appeal.Amber Hooker

 

 

 

 

 

“You have a sick kid or grandchild or even a sick friend and you end up there and you see the difference that this money makes to really sick kids and their families.

“And that’s why people give, because they know it is going to the right place.

“And we are going to do really good work with your money Sunshine Coast, you can trust us with it and we are going to build something really great.”

STORY BY THE SUNSHINE COAST DAILY – July 6, 2018.