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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.”

Find out more at

Help a healthcare worker during Covid-19 Featured

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.

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.

WishlistConnect business spotlight CoastWide Smiles Dentalcare

Q and A with CoastWide Smiles Dentalcare owner Jill Taft

Q: What are you offering WishlistConnect supportors and SCHHS staff?

A: Dental Crowns  only $995

Q: Why did you choose to offer this? 

A: Because so many people need dental crowns we decided to make the price very affordable.

Q: What is the best thing about the offer? 

A: The crowns are made right here on the Sunshine Coast and not sent overseas, so we help the coast’s sustainability.

Q: Who is the offer best suited to?   

A: Anyone who needs to have a dental crown

Q: We love that you support Wishlist’s work, was there a personal reason you wanted to support your hospital foundation? 

A: I just like to help the community wherever possible and kids are our future after all and so any help is fantastic

Visit the CoastWide Smiles Dentalcare team at Shop 2/21 South Coolum Rd, Coolum Beach or phone 5446 4777.


WishlistConnect business spotlight – F45 Training Birtinya

Q and A with F45 Training Birtinya Operations Leader Jenna Mcphee.

Photo: Jenna Mcphee with owner Sonny Ivanovic.

Q: What are you offering SCHHS staff and Wishlist supporters?

A: A seven-day free trial! F45 Training is a global fitness community specialising in innovative, high-intensity group workouts that are fast, fun and results-driven.

Q: Why did you choose to offer this? 

A: F45 is one of the most time-efficient ways of training. We aim to burn up to 750 calories per 45-minute session.

Q: Who would be best to take up the trial?

A: Everyone! You can be someone who has never stepped foot inside a gym facility before and you would still be able to get through your first F45 session. Our sessions are not one size fits all, your intensity comes from your effort and that is why absolutely anyone can do F45.     

Q: Why do you support Wishlist’s work?

A: Because our health is everything, and without, what do we have? We also believe that it’s a tough gig taking care of others and everyone need some downtime to themselves to either work on themselves or to just be in a healthy, positive, friendly environment to have that social interaction with others. 


Sunshine Coast commercial print and design business Push Productions have signed as a Wishlist Corporate Partner.  

The innovative printing business based in Maroochydore opened their doors in 2007 and have since expanded to offer a range of services including eco-friendly garments.

Manager Paul Morton is no stranger to giving back to the community.

“Whilst we are a commercial print house we also recognise our responsibly in assisting young people to get a foothold in the job market,” Mr Morton said.

Photo: Push Productions Manager Paul Morton

Push Productions is a business unit of IFYS (Integrated Family and Youth Service) and provides an opportunity for young people from at-risk or vulnerable backgrounds to gain skills not only in the printing industry but their attitude towards work.

“We wanted to help people in need by improving their employment prospects and now have five young people as permanent employees.”

Similarly, when approached by Wishlist to help with printing needs, Mr Morton saw a chance to collaborate.

“We are passionate about giving back and you never know when you might need the local health service or have a loved one in hospital.

“This partnership is just one way we can help our local hospitals for the benefit of Sunshine Coast families.”

Find out more about Push Productions at