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Monday, 28 May 2007

Gold Week Hits The Central Coast

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 13 year old Chiara of Terrigal NSW.

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

When Chiara of Terrigal complained of feeling unwell with soreness in her back and numbness in her leg, she was referred to Sydney Children’s Hospital, Randwick for specialist assessment and care.

In November, Chiara was diagnosed with a Primitive Neurectodermal Tumour commencing nine courses of chemotherapy to shrink the tumour before it could be removed. To the relief of her family, the tumour had not spread to other parts of her body and Chiara recovered well from the operation. After five more months of chemotherapy including six weeks of radiation treatment, finally Chiara was able to go home to the Central Coast.

“We are so proud of Chiara for facing every hurdle so bravely. The staff at Sydney Children’s Hospital taught us to remain positive and have supported Chiara through our fears. We can’t thank them enough. I hope people from our community will support Gold Week because they be helping children and families like ours,” said Karen.

Gold Week will be helping many children like Chiara who come from all districts on the Central Coast 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 Umina Beach to Unanderra, from Ultimo to Ulladulla, I urge the NSW community to support Gold Week. Your support will directly benefit the lives of seriously ill children like Chiara 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




Chiara’s Story

13 year old Chiara from Terrigal wasn’t feeling her usual energetic self - she felt soreness in her back and numbness in her leg. When x-rays and CT scans couldn’t explain what was wrong, she was referred to a neurosurgeon at Sydney Children’s Hospital, Randwick.

“We thought Chiara had damaged her nerves and never imagined that a MRI scan would find a tumour in her abdominal region,” said her mum, Karen.

Chiara was diagnosed with a Primitive Neurectodermal Tumour in November and started nine courses of chemotherapy to shrink the tumour before it could be removed. To the relief of her family, the tumour had not spread to other parts of her body. Chiara recovered well from the operation and after five more months of chemotherapy including six weeks of radiation treatment, she finally able to go home.   

“We are so proud of Chiara for facing every hurdle so bravely. The staff at Sydney Children’s Hospital taught us to remain positive and have supported Chiara through our fears. We can’t thank them enough,” said Karen.

Gold Week will be helping many children like Chiara 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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