Record donation to put a smile on kids' faces at hospital
THE Coffs Coast community has rallied behind nationwide coin drive Give Me 5 For Kids (GM5FK), to deliver a record tally of $29,175.72 for Coffs Harbour Health Campus.
This week, Coffs Harbour radio station 106.3 2CS FM handed the proceeds of its on-air fundraiser in June to the hospital's Paediatric Unit and Special Care Nursery.
Mid North Coast Local Health District governing board chairman Warren Grimshaw said the outstanding result would make a significant contribution to the treatment of sick children at the hospital.
"This year's fundraising campaign set a new record, and we are truly appreciative," Mr Grimshaw said.
The fundraiser will buy a cardio respiratory monitor and vital signs monitor specific for the care of children, newborn babies and premature babies.
One of the major donors this year was the Lions Club of Woolgoolga, which contributed $17,000 towards the final tally.
Club spokesman Neil Currall said the Lions wanted to donate something that would benefit local families.
When the GM5FKs campaign started, they knew exactly what to do.
"We knew there was a big-ticket item on the hospital's wish list - the cardio respiratory monitor - so we decided to make a $17,000 donation and buy it," Mr Currall said.
"It wouldn't have happened without the support of the Woolgoolga community, who are always right behind our fundraisers.
"They know every cent we raise goes to great causes, and the Paediatric Unit at our local hospital is one of those great causes."
Mr Grimshaw said thank you "just doesn't seem to adequately express our gratitude".
"To everyone who participated - from the organisers to those who donated, particularly the Lions Club of Woolgoolga - we are sincerely thankful. Your generosity will make a difference."