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WISHLIST GIVING DAY RAISES $241,757

The Sunshine Coast community has rallied around Wishlist, helping raise more than $241,757.

Wishlist launched their first ever Wishlist Giving Day on August 20, a 12-hour virtual fundraising appeal to raise funds for Sunshine Coast and Gympie public hospitals.

Each year the Sunshine Coast Health Foundation directs more than $1 million to priority needs of the Sunshine Coast Hospital and Health Service including vital medical equipment, services to support patients, emergency accommodation, plus funding research and staff scholarships.

This year, due to COVID-19, Wishlist has been forced to cancel the majority of their fundraising events, resulting in a loss of around $750,000 in fundraising revenue, but the need for equipment and service support remains.

Wishlist Giving Day 2020 – the SCUH Paediatric Team dressing up as superheroes.

Wishlist CEO Lisa Rowe said the digital fundraising appeal was unlike any Wishlist had run before.

“With most of our community events cancelled this year, our fundraising team have had to pivot to create this new and exciting fundraising appeal,” she said.

“We initially started with a target of $140,000 which was matched by our very generous corporate matchers including Sunshine Toyota, Exemplar Health, your local Telstra stores, Project Urban and several other amazing local businesses.

“That target was reached just after 12.30pm so we went into a Bonus Round to $230,000.”

Ms Rowe said she was thrilled and overwhelmed by the generosity of the local community, all the volunteers ‘hitting the phones’, and the number of health staff who fundraised through dressing up, raffles and even a late-night run around the hospital.

Darren Venning from Sunshine Toyota hitting the phones.

“The success of Wishlist Giving Day means we can continue our commitments including funding the local Clown Doctors service, yoga and music therapy, plus fund exciting new projects like the Family Room in the Paediatric Critical Care Unit to keep parents close to their critically ill child at the Sunshine Coast University Hospital.

“So thank you to everyone who gave yesterday. On behalf of the staff, patients and our team, we appreciate your support.”

The Sunshine Coast Clown Doctors, funded by Wishlist.

TOP FUNDRAISERS – 2020

  1. Sunshine Toyota – $20,070 (56 donors)
  2. John Williams – $12,815 (33 donors
  3. Ray White Maroochydore – $11,435 (47 donors)
  4. Poole Group – $10,285 (34 donors)
  5. Ausmar Homes – $9,810 (30 donors)
  6. Anaesthetic Dept – $9,550 (61 donors)
  7. Extended Day Surgery Unit – $7,677 (33 donors)
  8. Team Nambour Hospital – $5,030 (40 donors)
  9. Aitken Legal – $4,750 (11 donors)
  10. Coastline BMW – $4,285 (7 donors)
  11. Worrells Solvency & Forensic Accountants – $4,100 (6 donors)
  12. Emergency Dept – SCUH – $3,854 (25 donors)
  13. Wealthmed – $3,726 (24 donors)
  14. Jarrod Bleijie – $2,930 (11 donors)