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Monday, 28 May 2007

Gold Week Hits The Blue Mountains

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


On 1 June, Gold Week will kick off in the Blue Mountains at St Patrick’s Primary School, Lithgow with a Gold Week Mufti Day - Gifts of Gold - Kids Helping Kids.

The Gifts of Gold - Kids Helping Kids Gold Week event is the initiative of the Principal Ms. Pam Haddin. Students will be asked to donate a gold coin for the privilege of wearing gold for their mufti day.

“We are delighted to support Gold Week because it enables our students to be aware of the needs of others and have some fun while helping children in their community who are sick or injured,” said Ms. Haddin.

People from all corners of NSW will be celebrating life to help sick kids like little Gabriella of nearby Millthorpe NSW.

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

When 1 year-old Gabriella fell ill, her mother took her to the local hospital. When her heart suddenly stopped beating doctors were able to resuscitate the little girl but her condition was dangerously unstable – she was flown by helicopter to Sydney Children’s Hospital Randwick for specialist care.

Dangerously ill with cardiomyopathy, baby Gabriella was admitted to the Intensive Care Unit where she remained on life-support for four weeks under the expert care of highly trained staff. After a further four weeks in Hospital, cardiologists gave the all clear for Gabriella to return home with parents, Karen and Lance.

“It is a miracle she is back with us. We are eternally grateful to Sydney Children’s Hospital for saving our little angel,” said Karen.

Gold Week will be helping many children like Gabriella who come from all districts of the Blue Mountains 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.

Elizabeth 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 Millthorpe to Manly, from Mudgee to Miranda, I urge the NSW community to support Gold Week. Your support will directly benefit the lives of seriously ill children like Gabriella 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

As part of the Gold Week campaign, Sydney Children’s Hospital, Randwick has developed educational story books about Sydney Children’s Hospital for participating schools. The booklets are designed to provide teachers with an interactive, educational tool that informs students about the workings of a children’s hospital.


Gabriella’s Miracle Recovery

Gabriella had only just celebrated her first birthday when she became ill and started vomiting. After four days she still didn’t seem to improve.   

Her mum Karen, took Gabriella to the local GP in Millthorpe near Orange, and as soon as he listened to her heartbeat he advised Karen to take her immediately to the local hospital.

Soon after they arrived, Gabriella’s heart suddenly stopped beating and she had to be resuscitated by doctors. Her condition was dangerously unstable and it was vital that Gabriella received specialised medical attention. She was flown by helicopter to Sydney Children’s Hospital, Randwick.

On arrival, Gabriella was admitted to the Intensive Care Unit and diagnosed with Cardiomyopathy - an enlargement of the heart that reduces the heart’s ability to pump properly. She was on life support for four weeks. During this Gabriella’s heart arrested twice. Seeing their little daughter so close to death was frightening for her parents, Karen and Lance.

Gradually under specialised care, Gabriella improved. After two heart-wrenching months in Hospital, Karen and Lance were allowed to take their baby girl home.   

“It is a miracle she is back with us. We are eternally grateful to Sydney Children’s Hospital for saving our little angel,” said Karen.


Gold Week will be helping many children like Gabriella 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 and Gold Week Manager Tel: 9382 1188



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