At this time of the year it is very easy to get all caught up in the hype that is Christmas. We are busy planning and buying gifts for our kids and our family and Uncle Bills pet chihuahua Lulu, that sometimes we forget about how a small gift can make such a difference to the life of others.
Sydney Children’s Hospital is a place I have spent a lot of time at over the years.
As a munchkin and then a teen it was where at least 20 or more of my operations took place and it was my home away from home. I spent a lot of time recovering and rehabilitating here and it was also where I received a lot of my schooling.
It was always as bright and comfortable as you would hope for a kids hospital and the Doctors, nurses and staff were just gorgeous and always welcomed you back like you were coming home to family.
The hospital has changed so much since my time there.
They still have all the wonderful staff there to support you and care for your kids, but now as soon as you walk through the doors you know you are in a hospital that has been designed especially for kids. It is colourful and cheerful and a safe environment for our kids to be in when they need some medical care.
The Sydney Children's Foundation is the principal fundraising body for Sydney Children’s Hospital at Randwick. Their aim is to help to improve the lives of their young patients through working with the with the community to raise much needed funding.
The monies raised help the Hospital to purchase new and essential equipment, train young doctors and provide a positive environment for sick kids to recover in.
The money they raise this year they will help to equip a new wing at the hospital that will among other things also house;
- An eight bed Child and Adolescent Mental Health Unit;
- A 28-bed Surgical Ward;
- A new Family Centre for parents and carers;
- A new Lung Function Testing Facility for infants;
So how can you help this great cause?
A donation as simple as $10 to $50 could buy toys, books and activities that help to entertain and distract and amuse young kids in hospital.
$120 could support one nights accommodation for a rural family while their child is in the hospital.
If you are a business and want to help, larger donations can provide funding to support a brain injury patient and their family attend rehabilitation education or even fund vital equipment that can save a child'd life, possibly even your child.
By buying a light on the Little Lights for Little Lives Christmas tree, YOU can help the foundation help the kids.
If you can, why not add one extra gift to your Christmas Shopping list and buy a light today that can help save a little life.
Click here for more information or click on the picture below to go straight to the donation page.
I will also have a button up on my blog up until Christmas so if you can't donate today, maybe you can in a few days or a few weeks.
And on behalf of all the kids who are in this hospital now, have been in this hospital or one day may be in this hospital..... Thank you.