Huge fundraiser to help Caboolture kids

Published 6:00am 16 March 2023

Huge fundraiser to help Caboolture kids
Words by Nick Crockford

Pictured: Anthony Hauser, manager of Coles new supermarket at Caboolture Big Fish, Emma Thomson from Caboolture Hospital's Paediatric Ward and Hannah Freind of The Common Good helping launch this year's fundraiser for Curing Homesickness.

Coles' new supermarket at Caboolture Big Fish has helped launched an annual fundraiser for Curing Homesickness to help sick children in two hospitals.

Funds raised from today until March 28, at Coles supermarkets in Queensland, will buy vital medical equipment at Caboolture Hospital and The Prince Charles Hospital.

This includes infant warmer and incubator beds for The Prince Charles Hospital Children's Ward and Children’s Emergency Department and virtual reality goggles for Caboolture Hospital’s Paediatrics Ward.

Donation cards

To support the appeal shoppers can buy a $2 donation card at the checkout or make donations at Coles’ supermarkets or Coles Online.

You can also pick up a specially-marked Mum’s Sause pasta or pizza sauce and 50 cents from each one sold year-round will go to Curing Homesickness.

The Common Good CEO Steve Francia said funds raised this year will make a huge difference for sick children seeking treatment in Queensland.

“The Common Good is an initiative of The Prince Charles Hospital Foundation, which supports hospital innovation, patient care initiatives and medical research for our local community and beyond,” he said.

“Since we partnered with Coles and Curing Homesickness in 2019, the needs of the hospitals we represent has increased, with visitations growing by over 20 per cent.

“As a result, we need more equipment in our hospitals to improve efficiency and health outcomes for the extra children we are seeing.

“The impact of the Curing Homesickness appeals on kids’ lives has already been so profound.”

'Great cause'

Coles State General Manager Jerry Farrell said nearly $900,000 had been raised for The Common Good in just four years through the sales of Mum’s Sause and the Curing Homesickness appeal

"We encourage our customers to continue to get behind this great cause,” Mr Farrell said.

Since 2019, funds raised by Coles have helped The Common Good fund new equipment and a child life therapist at The Prince Charles Hospital’s Children’s Service and Children’s Emergency Department.

For more information about Curing Homesickness, click here


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