Wishlist’s newest emergency
hospital house, The House The Coast Built is entering its final stages of
construction, as the exterior gets closer and closer to completion.
The affordable accommodation will
be a home away from home for families requiring close proximity to their loved
ones receiving treatment at SCUH, and aims to be completely finished and
housing families by Christmas.
To celebrate the lock-up,
Wishlist hosted Lockyer’s Lock Up Lunch,
an event designed to thank the tradies and businesses volunteering their time,
effort and materials that have brought the project to this exciting stage.
Attendees were treated with a two-course lunch, live music and of course, heard from Ausmar Brand Ambassador and rugby league legend Darren Lockyer!
“The more that local businesses
can chip in and assist those hospitals, and create a better experience for the
families that need to be at those hospitals, I think that’s great,” Darren
Visit The House The Coast Built website to keep up-to-date with the project or donate an item to the house!
A delivery of Djembe drums has provided some light
rhythmic relief to patients in the Mental Health Acute Inpatient Unit
at the Sunshine Coast University Hospital thanks to Wishlist and the Honda
The drums have quickly become an
important part of group therapy sessions, providing patients with a positive
experience both physically and emotionally.
Occupational Therapist for the
Unit, Bridgette Milton, said the drums are one of the most effective and
engaging interventions for our patients.
“Drumming fosters strong group
connectedness and doesn’t require participants to communicate verbally.
Instead, it allows for emotional expression in their recovery and healing.
“Our patients have told us that the drumming provides a nice
distraction from their worries/anxieties. They’re also appreciative of the
opportunity to learn something new during their stay at the hospital. It’s an
accomplishment and a way to pass the time.
“For others, with a background in music, it’s a chance to
reconnect with something familiar and valued, which is very important during
their recovery”, said Ms Milton.
The Mental Health Acute Inpatient
Unit also offer other
musical instruments as part of the daily group sessions, with a great response.
“The sessions usually result in fantastic large drumming
circles which include a sing-along. This creates a strong connectedness as a
group, and involves lots of smiles and laughs.
“Sometimes someone will just
suggest we get the drums out, or the drums will make their way out to the
courtyard during our weekly BBQ, which is always great fun,” said Ms Milton.
The drums were funded by Wishlist,
thanks to the Honda Foundation grants program. The program provided $1483 for
the therapeutic drumming program at the Sunshine Coast University Hospital and
It’s expected that receiving regular treatment in hospital
would take its toll on your mood, but the spirit of Robert (Bob) Hanson
couldn’t be brighter.
Bob is in his seventh week of treatment at the Adem Crosby
Centre Clinic in the Sunshine Coast University Hospital (SCUH), for radiation
therapy following stomach surgery he had back in December to remove a cancerous
During this time, the 76-year-old Gympie man has stayed at
Bob said receiving a Reed House brochure at the reception
desk of Gympie Hospital was nothing short of a dream come true for him.
“I had driven to my first appointment, but after receiving a
hefty needle I got really drowsy and knew the side effects wouldn’t be safe to
drive home with,” he said.
“What is great about Reed House is that I can stay somewhere
beautiful and peaceful, with friendly volunteers and a driver to take me to all
“The driver and I have become quite good friends, sometimes
we will stop on the way back and get some dinner together.”
Both Bob and his wife Carol have lived on a Gympie property since
he retired 12 years ago, it is also home to chickens, geese and two working
After Carol had previously needed surgery at SCUH for a
broken ankle, and with a farmyard of animals to maintain, the Hanson couple
decided Bob would stay at Reed House alone while Carol took care of things back
“Someone had to hold down the fort while the boss was away,”
Originally, Bob was worried he would be lonely at Wishlist’s
Nambour hospital house – he quickly learned this was not the case.
“I met an old chap Graham staying at Reed House who had just
lost his wife,” he said.
“I’ve got a few miles up on the speedo of life, and I could
tell the poor guy was a bit down and in need of some company – so I did what I
could to take care of him.
“I absolutely love cooking so instead of making food for
just me I started cooking for him too, and when he left to be with his niece in
Southport I drew him up a map so he wouldn’t get lost.”
As well as making friends with people, Bob also has a love
“At 7am sharp everyday two Currawong’s come and sit on the Reed House patio, waiting for me to give them some breakkie,” he said.
“It really is so wonderful. The people, the solitude, the
environment – it’s in an element of its own and there’s no complaints coming
It’s National Diabetes Week, and in celebration we look back to March when Wishlist funded more than $8 thousand towards glucose monitoring equipment for families in Gympie and surrounding areas.
Thanks to the Children’s Hospital Foundation Woolworths Wall Token Appeal, the equipment can help families adjust to their new lifestyle after their child is diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes.
The life-saving equipment— four Dexcom G5 mobile receivers—works alongside a small sensor that sits just under the skin to continually monitor glucose and sends alerts when levels are dangerous.
As well as reducing the need for regular finger-prick testing, the
receiver makes it easier for children with Type 1 Diabetes, and their families,
to manage the daily highs and lows that are synonymous with the serious
Sunshine Coast Hospital and Health Service Diabetes Educator Claire Hyde said the funding of this equipment is a great thing for children in Gympie and surrounding districts.
“The funding has allowed us to purchase the Dexcom Receivers to lend newly diagnosed families,” Ms Hyde said.
“Currently, the sensors are government-funded, but the receivers, which cost around $650, are not.”
Local mum, Charlotte Miln, said their loaned Dexcom G5 Mobile Receiver
has helped bring ‘normality’ to their lives while their newly diagnosed son
Oscar, travels through the ‘honeymoon period’ of his Type 1 Diabetes diagnoses.
“By learning to read, understand and interpret the arrows on the receiver, we continue to work through the rise and very big falls of his blood glucose levels,” she said.
“It has given us a chance to act accordingly to his needs and reduced the amount of hypos.
“I know for a fact that he would be having many hypos in a day if we did not have the receiver, we would be lost without it.
“If not for the receiver, we would be only going on how he is feeling at the time by doing lots of finger-prick tests and observing his behaviour, which is no easy task as Oscar also has Autism Spectrum Disorder.
“By loaning the receiver, Oscar has gained much confidence and has been engaging in regular everyday activities that any 14-year-old boy likes to do – For him especially, his Taekwondo training which he loves.
“I can’t thank you enough.”
In addition to the Dexcom Receivers, the foundation has funded an Insulin Pump and has helped 15 kids to attend ‘Camp Diabetes’.
Camp Diabetes allows children with type 1 diabetes to meet and share their
experiences with other children who are living with the same condition, while
also improving their skills and knowledge in diabetes management.
further 15 camp places have been generously funded by the Noosa Lions Club.
Unwell children and their families presenting to the
Emergency Department at Gympie Hospital will now have access to specialist
paediatric doctors via a new Telehealth Unit.
Funded by your local hospital foundation, Wishlist, the unit
will allow Gympie-based emergency doctors to video-link with specialist doctors
at the Sunshine Coast University Hospital (SCUH) for expert advice on the
health of the regions smallest patients.
The important equipment will also reduce the amount of
unnecessary travel to SCUH, helping to lower personal costs and anxieties
already at an all-time high for the families involved in emergency paediatric
Gympie Hospital Maternity Women’s Health Nurse Unit Manager
Shaneen Osborne said the $19 thousand unit, which was funded by last year’s
Wishlist Jazz and Wine festival, will have a tremendous effect on the delivery
of accurate medical advice to the Emergency Department.
“The Telehealth machine will help us have exactly the right
person reviewing a patient at any given time,” she said.
“It will alleviate some of the stress on parents and staff
because it’s incredibly reassuring to hear another voice and opinion on the
matter, particularly from a specialist.
“We are very thankful for Wishlist giving us the chance to
use technology like this.”
The Telehealth Unit will also allow for wider discussion on
the health of the young patient, and whether their condition requires immediate
transfer to SCUH.
“The impact will be massive,” Shaneen said.
“We will be able to faster decide if a child needs to be
transferred to SCUH or the Queensland Children’s Hospital.
“I hope that it will keep people close to their homes in
Gympie rather than sending children away for an overnight stay on the off
chance it turns out to be unnecessary.”
Having a specialist at the ready when time is of the essence
means that ultimately the ill child can receive the best treatment suited to
their condition, helping to improve their health outcomes.
The Wishlist Jazz and Wine Festival is returning this year
on the 10th of August, and aims to further help provide funds for hospitals in
our local community.
It will be held at Gympie’s Gunabul Homestead and is set to
be bigger and better than ever before.
This year’s major sponsor is Cos Schuh from Schuh Group.
“This year will mark four years of the Wishlist Jazz and
Wine Festival helping families in our region,” Mr Schuh said.
“If you haven’t purchased your tickets yet, get online and book because you don’t want to miss this one.”
I’m writing this fresh from the ‘reveal’ of 92.7Mix FM’s
Give Me 5 for Kids appeal, where the Coast again broke Australian records with
a whopping $500,644 raised for local paediatric services.
I bang on about it at every opportunity because it needs to
be said, again and again.
The Sunshine Coast community is extraordinary. Along with raising half a million dollars in four weeks let’s not forget we’re also building The House the Coast Built. Ausmar Homes, Mix FM’s Give Me 5 for Kids, and more than 50 local businesses are building a home for FREE so families needing to be close to a loved one at the Sunshine Coast University Hospital can stay nearby.
It was cold, windy and wet this morning at Alex Surf Lifesaving
Club but there in force, as always, was the Mix FM team. Smiling and cheering
in the rain were the many faces that we see at every poker and music trivia
night, Bovine Bingo breakfast and outdoor broadcast in aid of ‘Give Me 5’.
92.7 Mix FM choose to devote a month of airtime and effort to the Coast’s favourite fundraising appeal, every year. Many stations across Australia have reduced their commitment to one or two weeks in some places, and nowhere do they come close to what is raised on the Sunshine Coast.
$5.5million is a hell of a lot of medical equipment and
resources, and services that simply wouldn’t be available for our children and
our families if it wasn’t for Mix FM’s Give Me 5 for Kids.
This morning Marie, Bart and Darius Crowd huddled under the
marquee and cheered when the tally was revealed on the balcony of the Club,
knowing that their poker night, and Music and Bogan Trivia events had
contributed $17,000 to the impressive tally.
Alex Surf Club Manager Ashley Robinson had been there since
5am pegging in marquees so no one was impaled.
Darren Venning from Sunshine Toyota presented a cheque for $32,400 and as a long-term alliance partner of Wishlist I am particularly proud of him and his team for again digging deep and dedicating their efforts to our cause… local families.
Mieke Griggs, the appeal coordinator for the fourth year
now, smiled quietly through the morning and I only learned today that she’d
been in hospital during June with an illness that couldn’t keep her down for
long. Somehow, she still managed to be everywhere without missing a beat or
dropping a ball. I hope you feel incredibly proud of yourself Mieke, because
it’s not an easy gig and yet you manage to make it look effortless – and always
with that beautiful smile.
Then there’s Mark and Caroline. Between them they devoted
more than 200 extra working hours to attend fundraising events, collect cheques
and rally the community for the cause. To say they go above and beyond for
their work and for our families is an understatement. Caroline is involved in
every aspect of the appeal, scrutinising the tally sheet after every event, chasing
dollars pledged and hitting up everyone she knows to help out. Of course, they
do because there’s no woman more loved in this town, for her charity work, her
on-air banter and insight, and her beautiful, generous soul.
The ‘reveal’ is always an emotional morning for me, and for
our team. I’ve worked for Wishlist for 18 years and the magic of what we do, as
a community, is never lost on me. When I see jubilation like I witnessed this
morning, and the tired and happy faces of people I genuinely love – I feel so
very grateful for this life I live.
Thank you so very much to everyone changing the world right
now, everyone who gave to Mix FM’s Give Me 5 for Kids, who volunteered to help,
cook cakes, sell artwork – and a big,
warm, grateful hug to Ausmar Homes and all those building The House the Coast
Thank you, so very much to 92.7Mix FM for 20 years of Mix
FM’s Give Me 5 for Kids and $5.5million worth of better services, distraction,
comfort, music and laughter for our sick kids.
When you’re spending tough days in hospital, it is the support of family and the comfort of home that help many patients of the Sunshine Coast University Hospital find strength. This was incredibly important to Shirley and Neville Teale. After five previous skin grafts, the squamous cell carcinomas on top of Neville’s head could not be completely cleared. When Neville was told he needed daily radiation for five weeks at GenesisCare to treat the nasty skin cancer, he and his wife knew he would be too weak to travel to the Sunshine Coast University Hospital from his Gympie home every day. “My husband is very frail and he wouldn’t have been able to travel backwards and forwards, so our only option was to stay somewhere close,” Shirley said. As the search began for a place to stay, the elderly couple received a brochure for Reed House—Wishlist’s affordable hospital accommodation facility in Nambour. Shirley said the second she got onto the phone to Reed House she fell in love right away and decided that’s where they would spend their weekdays, opting to travel home on the weekends. “For me it relieved a lot of stress because I was worrying about the logistics of getting there and bringing him home,” she said. “He is so dependent on me so we knew we had to stick together and get a bit of help. “The days were really wearing him out too so there’s no way he could’ve done it alone.” Shirley described the house as “peaceful,” and the Teale couple found it to be the perfect place to unwind and rest together after some of the rougher days spent in hospital. “It was just such a relaxing place to be, we were able to make ourselves right at home,” she said. “The house itself was lovely, and the hospital was only about a 10-minute drive away. “We could just come back to rest and be with each other after some big days, it was wonderful.” They made themselves comfortable, with Shirley even purchasing any extra kitchen equipment she needed and deciding to donate it to the house for whoever may need it next. Shirley also highly commended the volunteer help her and Neville received every day during their stay. “The volunteer ladies were amazing,” she said. “They brought up our luggage to our room, cleaned the room and drove us to the radiation sessions every day. “They couldn’t have been better, they even helped Neville out of the car.” To make journeying to the hospital even easier, Wishlist’s newest project, The House The Coast Built, will be a six-bedroom home in Birtinya and only a short walk to the hospital. Shirley said hospital accommodation that is affordable and in a convenient location is incredibly important, as it helps to make a difficult process much easier. “If the ground is flat and easy for elderly couples to walk up I think it will be fantastic,” she said. “You’ll be able to get a bit of fresh air and if your only option is to drive you’ll also save a lot of money that way.” To learn more about Wishlist’s accommodation project, visit www.TheHouseTheCoastBuilt.org.
Families go on holiday to enjoy some relaxing time together, but the Leese family’s holiday to the Coast turned into nothing short of a nightmare. The Northern Sydney family of five finished their holiday at the Sunshine Coast University Hospital (SCUH) when their 9-year-old daughter Isabella became unexpectedly sick. “We were on holidays on the Sunshine Coast when my daughter was admitted to SCUH with severe pneumonia,” Isabella’s mother Sally said. “It’s stressful enough having a loved one in hospital when you are away from home and not having anywhere to stay just adds to the stress.” Because their daughter’s illness struck during the busy January school holiday period, the Leese family needed to vacate their resort and find somewhere else to stay – and fast. “We knew that our holiday accommodation was going to end before Isabella would be discharged from hospital. The peak holiday season made it hard to find more accommodation for our family of 5.” Fortunately, they found solace at Reed House—Wishlist’s affordable hospital accommodation in Nambour—where Isabella’s dad Mark and siblings Josh, 8, and Sophie, 4, stayed while Sally sat by her daughter’s bedside at SCUH.
Sally said her family was incredibly grateful that their social worker in the children’s ward was able to find them Reed House, as options for accommodation during school holidays are slim or incredibly expensive. Once their accommodation was organised, the Leese family could focus on their daughter’s recovery rather than worry about where they were going to sleep. And with bears, blankets and colouring books for the kids, Reed House had homely touches that kept the other children feeling comfortable. The Leese family found Reed House to be exactly what they needed during their difficult six-night stay until their daughter’s health improved enough to travel.
Aside from the house itself, Sally said the support her family received from volunteers, social workers, doctors and nurses alike was nothing short of amazing. Now, the Leese family are praising the efforts of Wishlist, Ausmar Homes and the Sunshine Coast community to construct The House The Coast Built—another affordable accommodation facility within walking distance to the Sunshine Coast University Hospital. Sally said being able to walk to SCUH when the hospital home is finished will make even more of a difference to families in situations just like hers. “This house will provide much needed accommodation for those who are in a time of need,” she said. “Being close to loved ones when they are unwell is so important for everyone, especially when you are far from home yourself. “It is an amazing service…and one that we were very appreciative of!” For more information on how you can help support families during their hour of need, visit www.TheHouseTheCoastBuilt.org
Unless you’ve visited a local hospital with a sick or injured child, you’ll never fully understand the impact 92.7Mix FM’s Give Me 5 for Kids has had on the Health Service we all rely on.
Spanning 20 years and raising a staggering $5million, the annual appeal has funded vital medical equipment, free access to TV for patients at Nambour, and distraction therapy in waiting rooms, wards and clinics across the Sunshine Coast. It’s also funded special services like paediatric music, pet and yoga therapy and the local Clown Doctors.
entirely responsible for growing the local Child Development Service to work
with children over the age of six with behavioural and developmental
issues. Until 2014, this was not an
option under the local public health system until $1.4million was donated to
Mix FM’s Give Me 5 for Kids to establish the service on Wises Rd, fit-out the
space and fund additional staff for three years.
proceeds helped young people with eating disorders get out of hospital and back
to school through equine assisted therapy. And in 2018, it bought land for The
House the Coast Built–helping countless families with accommodation needs in
the years ahead. It’s built rooftop playgrounds
and influenced the paediatric services on offer at Caloundra, Nambour and the
Sunshine Coast University Hospital, in ways we’ll never truly grasp.
During the month of June, the appeal sees every proactive business on the Sunshine Coast do their bit for a cause that impacts us all. Families return year-after-year to hold fundraising events that add to the tally, giving up days and nights to make it happen and bringing their own kids along for the ride. The 92.7 Mix FM team attend every event. Every music trivia and poker night, golf day, art auction and Jessie’s Party in the park. Not because they have to, but because every member of the team is genuinely invested in the outcome. Tears are shed each year when the final tally is announced, and another record broken across the country. Last year’s $606,000 tally blew everyone out of the water.
Cross Austereo network holds Give Me 5 for Kids all over Australia—nowhere else
has come close to the kind of money we raise here on the Coast.
Give Me 5 for Kids is as real as it gets.
It’s good people uniting for positive action in a community that we all
know is a class of its own. That’s the
magic of Mix FM’s Give Me 5 for Kids to me.
We all know we’re lucky to live on the Sunny Coast, and by “giving 5” we
can make things even better for our sick kids and so, by God, we do.
We celebrated the important milestone with Tony Bryan and the team from Ausmar Homes and quite a few of our best buddies from the build project.
Thanks to Darren Boyle, ATF Temporary Fence Hire, Axis Surveys, DEQ Engineering, Neumann Steel, Excel Concrete, Flick Termite Management, Lizard Concrete Pumping, Coastcon Concreting, Supaloc Steel Frames, Stoddart, AJ Steel, Blake Roofing, Queensland Construction and Carpentry, CV Services Group, Reece, Superior Plumbing, Raw Skips, Suncoast Traffic Management, Chris Aitkin Crane Hire, Bulk Granite Haulage, Siltman Silt Fences, Cupolex Australia, Nastasi & Associates, Clean and Green, Sightmaster Australia, Shark Bite Plumbing Solution and True Core Steel – BlueScope for the work on the project to date.
Well, we’re now officially the Coast’s tech-savvy charity, thanks to the new WishlistConnect app.
Those who attended the official launch of the app this month would have left feeling incredibly proud of the contribution they’ve made to our work. We had an emotional presentation by Music Therapist at Dove Palliative Care, Tracie Wicks. There wasn’t a dry eye in the house. Chris Gardner, Nurse Unit Manager of Dove also provided insight into the importance of the Wishlist-funded therapy and thanked WishlistConnect supporters.
Wishlist-funded Clown Doctors made us laugh and Adj Professor Naomi Dwyer,
Health Service Chief Executive had us all feeling incredibly proud of the work
we do to support her team in our local hospitals.
Naomi, Chris, Tracie and all who attended to launch a new era for
Wishlist. The app facilitates the
promotion of Wishlist business support to 7,500 local Health families and
Wishlist’s wider supporter base. The
advertising dollar supports Wishlist’s work and our business supporters make
exclusive offers to the users, many of whom are our time-poor Health team in
hospitals from Caloundra to Gympie.
To find out
more about how to be part of WishlistConnect please contact 5202 1777 and ask
BOQ Buderim and Maroochydore
and Maroochydore joined the Wishlist team this month, offering Wishlist Health
staff across our hospitals a regular onsite banking service.
On top of
this the team will contribute a commission to Wishlist on all home loans taken
up by Health employees.
We’ve sold a record 730 tickets to the Wishlist Spring Carnival on September 13, in the new Novotel Twin Waters function centre.
Major sponsor Walter Iezzi Development launched his new Bokarina Beach Development, Oceanus and I celebrated with co-sponsor Craig McCulloch from Pacific Jaguar and Land Rover.
International Nurses Day
Wishlist celebrates our nurses every year and this year was no exception. Check out our tribute, thanks to volunteer Katie Rodgers for compiling the photos!
we be without our volunteers? Well,
there would be a lot less work done in the Wishlist office for a start, no
emergency accommodation on offer at Reed House and very few coffees made at
Wishlist Coffee House at Gympie Hospital.
Richard Ward and wife Carolyn attended the Volunteering Queensland breakfast at Brisbane Town Hall, where he was nominated for the Volunteer Manager of the Year award. Richard has managed a dedicated team of volunteers at the Coffee House since the doors opened in 2013. With his team Richard has managed to raise more than $370,000 for the needs of Gympie Hospital. The latest in a long list of equipment donated by the enterprise is a Sozo Lymphoedema Unit for the early detection of this debilitating illness in cancer patients.
sponsored a small celebration at every Health Service campus to acknowledge the
incredible work of volunteers at our local hospitals.
Funding & Research
Project Funding Round 3 and Staff
Scholarship Round 4
are currently under review, as is our collaborative
research grant round.
The Wishlist/SERTF Research Round will be assessed by Wishlist’s Research Panel this week, with paediatric projects featuring prominently this year. Applicants will know the outcome by July.
funding available to clinical staff of our Health Service offers a great deal
to the Sunshine Coast community. Not
only does local research activity present the opportunity for the potential
treatment and cure of life threatening illness, but it also presents
opportunities for improvements in local healthcare.
activity at SCUH also presents the Sunshine Coast as a destination for
specialists and academics keen to further their career, potentially bringing
leaders in specialised fields to work in our hospitals.
directed $1.4million to local research projects and we’re keen to grow our
investment in the years ahead.
To help us
do so we’re thrilled to welcome some research superstars to our team. Wishlist’s Research Committee Chair, Dr
Claudia Giurgiuman, General Manager of Wesley Medical Research Institute and
2017 Australian of the Year, Professor Alan Mackay-Sim, are working on a
research development strategy with Wishlist, and working with our researchers
on their projects.
Thanks to you all for your interest in the work of Wishlist and for the contribution to our many causes.
Get along to a 92.7 Mix FM’s Give Me 5 for Kids event if you can. We’d love to see you there!
Buildsafe is a national company with a big heart. They’ve been tasked with ensuring the safety of everyone working to construct The House The Coast Built. And they’re doing it for free!
Answering the call to help Wishlist and Ausmar Homes build a home
away from home for families with critically-ill loved ones at the Sunshine
Coast University Hospital, the Sunshine Coast branch of Buildsafe have
generously provided the scaffolding and manpower for the ambitious community
Buildsafe Account Manager, Aaron Weston said their donation of
labour and materials was the least they could do.
“It’s an amazing opportunity for our team to support a project
that we all care dearly about.
“Ausmar Homes has been a Buildsafe partner for a number of years.
When they approached us to part of The House The Coast Built, we dived in
Aaron has more than community spirit driving his support of the
affordable accommodation project. He understands, first-hand, the importance of
having a place to stay, close to hospital.
“We spent a week in ICU with the birth of my first daughter. We
met multiple families, coming and going, that were being supported by the
Ronald McDonald House.
“I believe these types of projects are so beneficial to the larger
community and really touch our hearts,” said Mr Weston.
Close to 50 other businesses from across the Coast have come
together to help build The House The Coast Built—a legacy to help thousands of
families through a tough time.
The roof is set to go on the 6-bedroom, two-story home this week
marking another major milestone for the project.