On mission to help children's ward

Published 5:00am 14 June 2022

On mission to help children's ward
Words by Nick Crockford

Pictured: Dr Manuel Bautista Morales, Danielle Briese and Mick Dwane from the Common Good beside Caboolture Hospital's OmniBed.

The Common Good has launched its first appeal at Caboolture Hospital with two major projects to help the maternity suite and children’s ward.

An initiative of The Prince Charles Hospital Foundation, The Common Good wants to raise $100,000 for a special incubator bed for critically ill new-born babies and refurbish the children’s play area.

The medical research fundraising group is seeking support from local businesses and community pillars across the region with every dollar going to the appeal.

More than 3000 youngsters are admitted to Caboolture Hospital Children’s Ward every year and often the smallest need help from life-saving equipment.

The Dunlop family, from Narangba, is among those indebted to the hospital’s services and staff.

On mission to help children's ward
A closer look at an OmniBed, which acts as an incubator for seriously-ill children.

“Our five-year-old son Kyran has a rare genetic disorder called Krabbe disease,” mum Carissa said.

“This impacts his brain and nervous system and as a result, he requires a significant level of care both at home, and at hospital.

“While we are currently having a good run, we would generally be visiting Caboolture Hospital four to five times per year, often for one to two weeks at a time.

“The Caboolture Hospital teams have become our second family and the kindness and care we receive from them has been priceless throughout a horrific ordeal for our family.

“I would encourage the community to get behind the Caboolture Hospital Children’s Appeal because this hospital is the absolute lifeblood of our community.”

On mission to help children's ward
The current Caboolture Hospital Children's Ward play area.

The Common Good CEO Michael Hornby said he was proud of the charity’s first appeal for Caboolture Hospital.

“We know this hospital is critical to the community and with a growing population to serve, it’s more important than ever we come together to support these important projects,” he said.

“The Caboolture Hospital healthcare teams are absolutely dedicated to providing exceptional care and we want to make sure they have the equipment they need to do just that.

“We’re asking the community to join us for our first Caboolture Hospital Appeal and dig deep for the kids and family in this community.”

Caboolture Hospital Executive Director Angie Dobbrick said she was thrilled that The Common Good was lending its support to Caboolture Hospital.

On mission to help children's ward
A second view of the current Caboolture Hospital Children's Ward play area.

“The OmniBed is such a vital piece of equipment used to keep babies warm and provide oxygen and is used over 100 times per year,” Angie said.

“The improved children’s play area will provide much needed distraction for the children in our care. Hospitals can be quite scary for kids – we’d like to bring their smiles back.”

The Common Good operate various social enterprises including The Café for The Common Good inside Caboolture Hospital to support vital projects.

For more on the appeal and to donate visit: https://www.thecommongood.org.au/caboolture-hospital-childrens-appeal/

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