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Thursday, 8 July 1999

Jimmy Barnes celebrates Golden Stave Ward opening at SCH,R

On Thursday, 8th July at 10.00am, Australian Music legend, Jimmy Barnes will officially open the Golden Stave Ward at the Sydney Children's Hospital, Randwick.

The Golden Stave Foundation, the charity arm of the Australian Music Industry, are the sponsors of the Sydney Children's Hospital Golden Stave Ward. The ward is designed to care for adolescents whose needs differ from younger children and as such, the environment of the ward has been especially created to enhance the healing and well being of these young patients.

Jimmy Barnes said, 'I am honoured to support the Hospital and the Golden Stave Foundation - with four kids of my own, I understand the importance of providing sick children with the best of care. The Sydney Children's Hospital, Randwick does such a great job in providing this care by combining excellent medical services with a friendly, bright and colourful environment.'

Mr Barry Chapman, Chairman of the Golden Stave Foundation said, 'The Golden Stave Foundation is extremely proud to sponsor the Adolescent Ward at Sydney Children's Hospital. Music is an essential ingredient in the lives of adolescents, so it was a great opportunity for our industry to make a very positive and visible contribution to young people in need of hospitalisation.'

The Golden Stave Foundation supports many charities including the Sydney Children's Hospital via events such as the Golden Stave Lunch, renowned as Australia's largest annual charity luncheon. Without the dedicated support of the music industry, the Hospital would not be able to extend its reach into the community and make a difference to the lives of brave young patients such as adolescents who require hospitalisation for medical, surgical or psychological illnesses.

Professor Les White, Executive Director of Sydney Children's Hospital says, 'The funds provided by the Golden Stave Foundation have contributed in a major way to this excellent facility. These funds will ensure that the environment in which we treat children and adolescents is supportive, therapeutic and positive.'

The Sydney Children's Hospital, Randwick is an internationally recognised centre of excellence for child health with a full range of specialist services treating children from all over NSW and Australia with many conditions including cancer, trauma, HIV/AIDS, congenital abnormalities, heart disease and respiratory disorders.

For Further Information Contact:

Holly Bradshaw, Foundation Media Liaison Manager Tel: 9382 1188 Mob: 0414 821 187

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