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Monday, 28 May 2007

Gold Week Hits The Orana District

Gold Week 1 - 7 June 2007
What will you do to raise money for Gold Week?


On 1 June Gold Week is kicking off with people from all corners of NSW celebrating life to help sick kids like 3 year-old Preston of Dubbo NSW.

There is not a community from NSW that has not been touched by Sydney Children’s Hospital, Randwick.

When 3 year-old Preston was diagnosed with Leukaemia by doctors in rural NSW, he was immediately airlifted to Sydney Children’s Hospital, Randwick for specialist care and treatment.

Under the care of leukaemia specialists he responded well to chemotherapy but Preston’s condition became more complicated when doctors discovered he had a dangerous clot in the main vein in the top of his head which was treated by a series of injections to dissolve it. Today, Preston is back home with his family and friends, thanks to the specialists at Sydney Children’s Hospital.

Gold Week will be helping many children like Preston who come from all districts in the Orana region to be treated at Sydney Children’s Hospital, Randwick.

Gold Week is the major annual fundraising campaign supports the vital work of Sydney Children’s Hospital, Randwick - one of Australia’s leading specialist medical centres for children recognised nationally and internationally as a centre of excellence in child health.

From June 1 – 7 the Hospital invites everyone in NSW to get creative and get involved to raise vital funds by holding their own gold themed fundraising activities at home, work, school or play to celebrate life while raising much needed funds that will help seriously ill children.

Ms. Crundall, Chief Executive, SCHF praised the commitment of the community to help the Hospital during Gold Week. “In 2006 we were overwhelmed by the fabulous ideas and the extraordinary support the community put behind the inaugural Gold Week. This year we aim to raise more than $1Million dollars and every cent raised will help us to meet our target. No matter where you live, from Dubbo to Double Bay, from to Dundas to Dundee, I urge the NSW community to support Gold Week. Your support will directly benefit the lives of seriously ill children like Preston treated at the Hospital,” Ms. Crundall said.

Hold a Gold Week event or buy a pin at any Coffee Club, Coles and Bi-Lo Supermarket, Millers Fashion Club, Harris Farm Markets or BIG W variety stores. Or, make a donation at any NAB Branch or on-line or post to Locked Bag 5, Randwick 2031. Log on at www.goldweek.org.au , or call 1800 644 336 to find out how you can support Gold Week.

Get involved, get creative and get behind Gold Week to raise vital funds for Sydney Children’s Hospital, Randwick - caring for seriously ill children from all corners of NSW and beyond…

What will you do to raise money for Gold Week?

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Contact us for a list of local fundraising activities in your region and to arrange an interview with Elizabeth Crundall – Chief Executive, Sydney Children’s Hospital, Randwick.

Sydney Children’s Hospital Foundation
Clare Collins      Kate Meikle
Sydney Children’s Hospital Foundation     Sydney Children’s Hospital Foundation
Ph: 9382 1188      Ph: 9382 1188
Mobile: 0414 821 957     Mobile: 0412 641 611
Email: clare.collins@SESIAHS.health.nsw.gov.au     Email: kate.meikle@sesiahs.health.nsw.gov.au


JOURNALIST NOTES

The Gold Week fundraising activities the people of NSW can create are limitless. Everything from raffling a day off at work, to fashion parades, dinner parties, gold lunches, breakfasts and even gold mufti days and sports days for schools.

Gold Week events can be as simple or elaborate as people want. They can be something that people already do such as hosting a trivia night, breakfast, dinner, barbecue, sporting event or competition, a raffle or a dance. The ideas are limitless.

The community can also support Gold Week by purchasing a Gold Week pin throughout NSW from Big W, Coffee Club, Coles and Bi Lo supermarkets, Millers Fashion Club stores, Harris Farm Markets and any branch of the NAB. They can also make a donation at NAB, online at www.goldweek.org.au, or by credit card by calling 1800 644 336.

To find out more about Gold Week and be inspired by some gold ideas, register your event or make a donation go to www.goldweek.org.au or call Sydney Children’s Hospital Foundation on 1800 644 336 for more information.

To find out more about Sydney Children’s Hospital and the difference you can make by supporting Gold Week, meet some of our inspiring patients at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D_hlU9h4Hrc



Preston’s Story

When three year old Preston from Dubbo took a tumble while playing in a park with friends during a holiday in Dubbo, he couldn’t stop screaming or stand up. Preston’s mum, Rachael carried him to the car, desperately worried.   

“He kept screaming. I knew there was something seriously wrong so I rushed him to a hospital halfway between Wagga and Dubbo,” said Rachael.

The doctors advised that there was indeed something acutely wrong with Preston. A blood test confirmed the worst - Preston had Leukaemia. He was airlifted that day to Sydney Children’s Hospital, Randwick.

It was vital that Preston received chemotherapy immediately. He responded well, but began to experience terrible headaches.

A CT scan revealed that he had a clot in the main vein in the top of his head. It was putting pressure on his arteries that supplied blood to his body and essential organs, limiting blood flow. The clot was treated with a drug that had to be injected into his leg twice daily for three months.

After treatment the clot had been dissolved and Preston completed his chemotherapy. He and his delighted but relieved family returned home to Dubbo and their lives are beginning to go to back to normal.

Gold Week will be helping many children like Preston who come from all corners of NSW and beyond to be treated at Sydney Children’s Hospital, Randwick.


For Further Information Contact:

Clare Collins, Communications & Gold Week Manager Tel: 9382 1188



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