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The inaugural Wishlist Fun Run will kick off this Sunday, April 22, at Lake Kawana. Here is everything you need to know…


Registration opens at 6am – you must be registered by 7am. The 5km walkers and runners will take off at 7.30am, and the 10km runners will be on the track at 8.15am.
There will be presentations and plenty of fun before you hit the track!

Your entry includes a Wishlist Fun Run T-Shirt, numbered bib which tracks your time, plus heaps of goodies like a QSuper Fund water bottle, Wishlist visor and feature magazine. You will receive your pack when you register on the day.

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Free on-street parking is available along Sportsmans Pde. You can also park at Sunshine Coast Stadium.


There will be two water stations on the course at the 5km turn and the 10km turn. View the course map.

The Billy’s Buddies Obstacle Course will run continuously for the entire morning. See us at the registration table and we’ll supply your wristband. You can also pay $5 to enter on the day.

Spectators are welcome to bring picnic rugs, chairs, and of course cheer signs. The more the merrier! As a reminder, no pets are permitted on the day.

Activities on the day include a barbecue thanks to 92.7 Mixfm, free face painting, free jumping castle, free massages for entrants, a coffee van (yes!), raffles, roving characters, free fruit stall and prizes drawn on the day.


Rain or shine, the Wishlist Fun Run will take place. Please see our Weather Policy for more information and keep updated on our Facebook page.


This event is designed for running and walking entrants only. For safety reasons bikes, rollerskates, rollerblades, rip boards and scooters are not permitted on the course.
Strollers/prams are permitted but must commence at the rear of the race start. All children must be restrained appropriately in the stroller/pram.
We advise entrants to leave their valuables at home or in a locked vehicle. The organisers are unable to accept any responsibility for lost bags or belongings.


Youngsters on the Sunshine Coast will be put through their paces at the Wishlist Fun Run next Sunday following Billy’s Buddies jumping onboard for the epic fundraising event.

The non-contact ball skills program for two to six-year-olds started on the Sunshine Coast last year and will officially launch on the Coast with rugby league legend Billy Slater next month.

Wishlist Event and Fundraising Manager Lisa Wilson said the Billy’s Buddies Obstacle Course was a perfect fit for the Fun Run to encourage families to get out and active on Lake Kawana on Sunday April 22.

Four-year-old Thomas Kalkman with his buddies.

Four-year-old Thomas Kalkman with his buddies and Coach Locky.

“The Obstacle Course is just a $5 donation to Wishlist and it’s proving to be very popular with entrants,” Mrs Wilson said.

“There are plenty of mums and dads who have registered for the 10km or 5km run and have asked grandma and grandad to take the kids along to the Obstacle Course.

“There will also be entertainment, a breakfast barbecue, a fruit station, giveaways, facepainting, jumping castle, a goodie bag for all entrants, plus bagpipes and bubbles out on the track – just to mix things up a bit.”

Billy’s Buddies South Sunshine Coast Franchisee Michael Price said it was a no-brainer to support the Wishlist event as part of the local hospital foundation’s 20 year celebrations.

“We were involved in last year’s Wishlist Teddy Bears’ Picnic which was a great success with local families, and we jumped at the chance to be involved in the charity’s 20th year celebrations,” Mr Price said.

“Billy’s Buddies is Billy Slaters’ non-contact ball skills program for children aged two to six and promotes an active lifestyle with healthy habits.

“Our professionally-trained coaches deliver core skills with a safe, fun themed, game-based learning approach. These games are designed to constantly challenge the children and promote teamwork to achieve a required outcome with rewards at the completion.

“The benefits of which are dramatic improvements in confidence, spatial awareness, hand-eye coordination, gross motor and social skills whilst grasping the fundamentals of ball sports.”

To register for the Wishlist Fun Run, visit, and support Sunshine Coast patients through medical research, equipment and service support.

The Wishlist Fun Run is proudly supported by Stockland, QSuper, Maroochy RSL, Health4Life, Sunshine Coast Council and Promed Australia.

Wishlist Fun Run

What: Strap on your joggers and get behind Wishlist’s fun-fuelled event to help those receiving medical treatment at Sunshine Coast and hinterland hospitals.

When: Sunday, April 22

Where: Lake Kawana, 31 Sportsmans Pde.

Time: 6am registration. First race at 7.30am.

Why: Wishlist has helped thousands of Sunshine Coast patients and families in the past 20 years and now it’s time to celebrate $17 million raised since inception in 1998.


A message from our partner Sunshine Toyota

Our BIGGEST EVER Demonstrator clearance is on NOW for the month of April ONLY.

It must end April 30!

So come and see us for huge savings across the range from Yaris to LandCruiser! Call Calum to make an appointment on 5493 3900. Don’t forget to mention Wishlist to access your special deal!

SCUH Pick up/ Drop off

We are always looking for ways to look after our Health Service staff, as we understand you work long hours.

Our exclusive SCUH pick-up and drop-off vehicle service has been designed for your convenience. We pick up your vehicle from the SCUH employee Car Park and drop it back off after the service is complete, all while you are work! All you have to do is leave your keys at Wishlist for our technicians to collect. Call 5493 3900 to find out more or to book your Sunshine Super Service today. $199 Super Service special!

My team and I love meeting the hardworking Hospital and Health Service employees who work tirelessly to keep the Sunshine Coast community healthy and happy. That’s why we give them the choice of a $250 Fuel Card or $250 worth of Genuine Toyota Accessories as well as donating $250 back to Wishlist in their honour when the purchase any new or used vehicle with us.

Tony & Leanne (right) who purchased a Corolla from Sunshine Toyota this month.

Tony & Leanne (right) who purchased a Corolla from Sunshine Toyota this month.


I would like to congratulate Tony & Leanne who purchased a Corolla from us this month!

Kind regards, Darren Venning, Dealer Principal


This week, Wishlist Coffee house in Gympie Hospital will celebrate providing the local health service and community with their daily coffee fix for five years.

Wishlist Coffee House opened in 2013 and in just five years they have brewed up a $238,000 profit, which has been directed to the needs of Gympie Hospital.

The volunteer-based shop at Gympie Hospital raises vital funds for the local health service and has been responsible for several equipment purchases and upgrades, including rehabilitation equipment, palliative care beds, a BP Monitor for the Specialist Outpatient Department, a CMac Laryngoscope for the Emergency Department and more.

Wishlist CEO Lisa Rowe said Wishlist was recently able to purchase four Dexcom monitors for paediatric diabetes patients being treated in Gympie.

“These Dexcom monitors provide real-time around the clock blood glucose measurement, eliminating the need for several finger pricks throughout the day,” Ms Rowe said.

Wishlist Coffee House manager Richard Ward with Wishlist CEO Lisa Rowe

Wishlist Coffee House manager Richard Ward with Wishlist CEO Lisa Rowe

“For parents with diabetic children, this technology provides peace of mind. Parents can also pair the device with their smartphones so an alert can be sent when a patient’s glucose levels are outside of the normal range.

“This purchase is a major win for our regional hospital and it will allow local patients the chance to trial these devices.”

Coffee House Manager Richard Ward said he is most proud that his staff of volunteers directly help the local hospital.

“In just five short years, to know that our customers and volunteers have funded hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of medical equipment and upgrades for our local hospital is incredibly rewarding,” Mr Ward said.

“It’s an absolute pleasure to see the equipment we have funded saving lives.”

Wishlist Coffee House will celebrate five successful years on Thursday April 5 with cake, balloons and birthday fanfare.

The café is located near the Emergency Department at Gympie Hospital.

If you are interested in lending a hand at the Wishlist Coffee House, drop in and pick up an application form or phone the shop on 5489 8513.

Some of Wishlist’s Gympie purchases thanks to Wishlist Coffee House:

  • Point of Care Ultrasound – $58,000
  • BiPap Vision Machine – $38,125
  • Self-care renal dialysis unit – $37,000
  • BiPap Non-Invasive Ventilator – $36,946
  • Neuro-perfusion kit for stroke patients – $33,000
  • CMac Laryngoscope – $28,073
  • Emergency video conferencing – $22,100
  • M7 stretcher for Outpatients Department – $21,000
  • Upgrade to staff quarters – $12,000
  • Occupational Therapy equipment – $9,711
  • Speech Pathology – $9,500
  • Operating hysteroscope – $7,657
  • A BP monitor – $4,988
  • Training Centre – $4,560
  • Vital signs monitor for cancer patients – $3,620
  • Neonatal heart monitor – $3,600
  • Blood warmer – $3,550
  • Diabetes equipment – $3,000
  • Chair scales – $2,720
  • Palliative Care Princess Chairs – $2,684
  • Four Dexcom monitors – $2,600
  • Exercise equipment for physiotherapy – $780


Sunshine Toyota, March

1My team and I love meeting the hardworking Hospital and Health Service employees who work tirelessly to keep the Sunshine Coast community healthy and happy. I would like to congratulate Elizabeth & Paul (right) and Nicky who purchases vehicles from us this month and enjoyed the special offer of either a $250 Fuel Card or $250 worth of Genuine Toyota Accessories. We have also donated $250 each back to Wishlist in their honour. Thanks for supporting Wishlist and the fantastic work they do in our community.

SCUH Pick up/ Drop off

2We are always looking for ways to look after our Health Service staff, as we understand you work long hours. Our exclusive SCUH pick-up and drop-off vehicle service has been designed for your convenience. We pick up your vehicle from the SCUH employee Car Park and drop it back off after the service is complete, all while you are work! All you have to do is leave your keys at Wishlist for our technicians to collect. Call 5493 3000 to find out more or to book your Sunshine Super Service today. $199 Super Service special!

We have some fantastic deals on the world’s number 1 selling car, Corolla, this month so come and see us on the Lake at Currimundi. Don’t forget to mention Wishlist to access your special deal.


Kind regards,

Darren Venning

Dealer Principal



Reed House to the rescue for premmies

What was supposed to be a routine ultrasound ended up in a dramatic and speedy emergency birth for mum-of-four Tara Cleal.

Oliver and Noah 11Identical twins Oliver and Noah were born at 32 weeks in February this year after doctors found the brothers had a rare and serious condition called Twin to Twin Transfusion Syndrome.

Ms Cleal, from Toowoomba, said Noah was taking all the nutrients from Oliver and the babies would have to be born via emergency caesarean.

“To go in for something routine then hearing that the babies needed to be born was scary,” Ms Cleal said.

“I still thought I had a few weeks to get things sorted.”

Ms Cleal and her partner Jad have two other children Mia, 3, and Lily, 13 months.

“Because of the condition we couldn’t have the babies at Toowoomba and they were going to send us to the Mater or Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital but there was no room.

“They came back and asked how we felt about birthing at Sunshine Coast University Hospital (SCUH).”

The Royal Flying Doctor Service flew a pregnant Ms Cleal to the Sunshine Coast and within three hours of arriving, Noah and Oliver were born.

“There wasn’t much time to wrap my head around it all.

“There were so many people in that room and as soon as the babies were born they took them to the Neonatal Unit where they were put on CPAP (ventilation) machines and were given fluids.”

Oliver and Noah and Tara, Lily and Mia 26Thankfully, the gorgeous boys thrived and only had to stay in the Neonatal Unit for 12 days before being transferred back to Toowoomba.

“While we were on the Sunshine Coast, Jad, the girls, and I stayed at Wishlist’s Reed House near Nambour Hospital,” Ms Cleal said.

“It was such a whirlwind, we didn’t have time to organise accommodation and we were so relieved the option was there.

“We also spent a lot of time in the Parent’s Retreat in the Neonatal Unit and we later found out that Wishlist funded the fit out of those rooms.

“It was hard being away, especially for the girls, but the ladies at Reed House were so helpful.

“It definitely made it easier not having to worry about accommodation.”

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 are also eligible for a subsidy to assist with the costs of travel and accommodation.

Tiger’s heartfelt story

Kezzia Taylor’s eyes light up at the mention of her cherished son Tiger.

It’s no wonder because the cheeky five-year-old’s survival has been nothing short of a miracle.

IMG_1302Tiger was born with oesophageal atresia (long gap) with tracheo-oesophageal fistula – a rare condition meaning his food pipe was not connected to his stomach but instead had connected to his wind pipe.

Just hours after his birth, doctors found air was travelling down his food pipe into his stomach which was starting to bloat.

“We spent five months in the Intensive Care Unit at the Royal Children’s Hospital Brisbane where Tiger was fitted with a tracheostomy tube to enable him to breath,” Ms Taylor recalls.

“And we had a lot of developmental work ahead of us. Tiger had to learn to eat because the natural instinct to eat is lost after three months.

“From birth, Tiger didn’t eat orally until therapy started at eight months old and it took the good part of a year to master eating and drinking.

Tiger Taylor (1)“This is how we met the incredible team at the Child Development Service, who helped us overcome Tiger’s developmental hurdles.”

Ms Taylor’s family admit the emotionally-charged years and constant care of Tiger took a substantial toll on the mother-of-three.

In 2015 Ms Taylor fell pregnant with her third child, Indie, and due to the worry of another complicated birth and overwhelming stress of Tiger’s care, Ms Taylor suffered a nervous breakdown which first resulted in slow speech.

“At 38 weeks pregnant Kez fell over and broke her ankle in three places,” friend Nicola O’Leary says.

“Her labour was induced and she had to endure surgery shortly after to insert plates. Kez returned home in a wheelchair and a healthy newborn baby in her arms, but she has been unable to walk properly since then and has been unable to carry her baby. “Her speech has now steadily declined to the point where she cannot be understood so she must communicate via text message, even when speaking face-to-face with someone.

“This condition was diagnosed by two neurologists who are both of the opinion that the nervous breakdown was caused by acute stress.”

Ms Taylor, who has no cognitive impairment, now communicates with visitors through her iPad and enlists in the help of around-the-clock carers to assist her and her children.

“Tiger going to school this year has made me really proud,” she writes.

“All the hard work I put into him has paid off and St Thomas More Primary School have been fantastic accepting Tiger.

“They welcomed him with open arms and since I’ve been sick the past couple of years, they have been really supportive and keep a close eye on Tiger’s big sister Harmony (seven).”

Tiger’s grandmother Jenny Harris, who now lives with Kezzia, said doctors have attempted to remove Tiger’s tracheostomy tube five times, but with no success.

“Tiger’s speech has been affected with the tube, but hopefully it will come out this year,” Ms Harris said.

“He’ll learn to cope with his breathing and he is learning to communicate in sign language.

“Other than going for regular check-ups, he does everything the other kids can do. He loves playing with cars, his iPad, gymnastics and jumping with his sisters on the trampoline.

SCN140218WISHLISTn.JPG“There are lots of hugs and kisses, and the children are always so loving and supportive of each other.”

Wishlist directed $1.4 million towards the refurbishment and relocation of the Child Development Service in Maroochydore.

It has been the major beneficiary of Mix FM’s Give Me 5 For Kids campaign and has helped thousands of young patients with development delays.

“If it wasn’t for the help of the Child Development team I think I would have felt alone in the community and completely overwhelmed at how to get Tiger past these hurdles,” Ms Taylor added.

Two minutes with Sunshine Toyota Principal Darren Venning

1.       How long have you been involved with Wishlist? 

Sunshine Toyota has had a long association with Wishlist. When my family and I moved to the Sunshine Coast in 2012, we recognised the wonderful work Wishlist does in our community and continued to support the organisation. In 2014 we strengthened that relationship by becoming Alliance Partners.

Darren Venning Head Shot2.       Why do you personally connect with Wishlist’s vision? 

I feel strongly about supporting our local hospital and health service employees as they work so tirelessly to support our community. I also take great pride in the fundraising we have done for medical research on the Sunshine Coast which brings highly specialised medical professionals to our hospitals and in turn creates more jobs on the coast. 

3.       What do you believe are the highlights to the partnership?

We are proud to support Wishlist who really make a difference in the lives of patients in hospital (and their families) as well as our health service employees. Our partnership with Wishlist also provides my team with many opportunities throughout the year to volunteer in the community. I find this breeds a culture of compassion, pride and strong team morale in our business. These experiences are invaluable.

4.       Why does Sunshine Toyota place such a high value on ‘giving back’?

We place great importance in strengthening the community through our various local partnerships. I think it is important for our team members to feel aligned and attached to our value set and giving back in the community is a big part of that. On top of that, giving back certainly feels good!

5.       Why should people come to see you for a new or used vehicle or to service their current vehicle?

We are a family owned local business dedicated to going the extra mile for our customers and delivering a best-in-town experience. We feel strongly about giving back in the community and by supporting our business you are having a direct and positive impact on the lives of many others. Our motto is “I’m Feelin’ Good Now” and that is exactly how we want you to feel when you do business with Sunshine Toyota


A year of giggles and gags for clown doctors

Clown Doctors have spent a year spreading laughter and administering doses of fun to thousands of patients at Nambour Hospital and the Sunshine Coast University Hospital (SCUH).

The local service is funded by Wishlist and brings a little bit of magic to patients being treated in the Children’s Ward, Paediatric Outpatients Department and Department of Emergency.

“Recently we celebrated a year of ‘Clown Rounds’ on the Sunshine Coast,” Wishlist CEO Lisa Rowe said.

“This very special service is an innovative and inspiring local program funded by Wishlist through The Humour Foundation.

“We all know a little humour can go a long way, and seeing a child’s face light up when they see the Clown Doctors is a priceless moment. You can never underestimate the power of a good laugh.”

With the help of the generous Sunshine Coast community, Wishlist committed to funding two years of the service to bring laughter, smiles and bouts of silliness to children spending time in the Children’s Ward.

However, donations are now needed to continue the program well into 2019.

“If you can help us brighten the days of youngsters twice a week in the SCUH Children and Adolescent Ward, you can become a ‘Wishlist Champion’ which means making a tax-deductible donation to Wishlist for as little as $5 each week.

“It’s an easy, but very special way to make a difference to thousands of children on the Coast.”

Wishlist is eager to continue the programme beyond the current two year commitment and grow the service to more than two days a week.

“As you can imagine, Clown Doctors Dr Loopy and Dr Nincompoop are very popular within the wards of SCUH.

Dr Nincompoop, Bridget Watts (5) and Dr Loopy“We are proud to say that over the last year these hilarious doctors have delivered over 10,000 magic moments to sick kids and their families.”

The Clown Doctors work to divert children’s attention during painful procedures, calm them in emergency and encourage them in physiotherapy.

“The benefits of laughter are real – it relaxes the muscles, helps the immune system, reduces pain, helps promote a positive outlook and has a good effect on the cardiovascular and respiratory system,” Ms Rowe added.

If you would like to donate to Wishlist to keep the Clown Doctor program on the Sunshine Coast – visit and click the ‘Donate’ tab.

Fun Drive to raise money for Wishlist and two other charities

Sunshine Coast residents will wind their way around the Sunshine Coast on Sunday, 25 March to raise money for Wishlist and two other charities, with the Kawana Chamber of Commerce hosting their annual community car rally.

car rallyThis event will bring local business people, families, friends and anyone looking for a fun day out together, and $10 of every ticket sold will be donated to Wishlist.

Entrants will navigate their way around the Sunshine Coast using an envelope full of questions, games and clues, ending at Aussie World where the fun will continue with Hot91.1 emceeing the afternoon!

It should take each car approximately one and half hours to decipher the clues as they wind their way to Aussie World, where there will be a huge raffle and a prize draw including best dressed team, first car and last car.

Nibbles will be offered, with lunch and drinks available for purchase and tickets to enter Aussie World for the afternoon for just $22.

The Kawana Chamber of Commerce Car Rally will depart at 10.30am on Sunday, 25 March from the Club Kawana car park, with everyone welcome to attend. Bookings are essential and entry is just $40 per car.

Register by 19 March to enter the early bird draw to win a family pass to Aussie World valued at $160.