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Monday, 28 May 2007

Gold Week Hits South Western Sydney

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 little Raynna from the south western suburb of Denham Court.

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

When seven year-old Raynna began convulsing she was rushed to her local hospital and urgently referred to Sydney Children’s Hospital, Randwick for specialised care. Raynna was diagnosed with an abscess on her brain requiring urgent surgery to try to relieve the pressure and avoid irreversible brain damage. A second operation followed when neurosurgeons performed a complex and delicate operation to remove the abscess. Two weeks after life saving surgery, Raynna was allowed to go home.

“The life saving medical staff have given us a very special gift, Raynna’s life. Seeing Raynna’s beaming smile fills my heart with indescribable joy. Her strength is an inspiration to us all. She has coped with this incredibly well and we are so happy to have her home. I hope people from our community will support Gold Week because they will be helping children and families like ours,” said Jody.

Gold Week will be helping many children like Raynna who come from south western Sydney 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 Denham Court to Dubbo, from Deniston to Double Bay, I urge the NSW community to support Gold Week. Your support will directly benefit the lives of seriously ill children like Raynna 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



Raynna’s Story

Jody awoke in the night to find her seven year-old daughter Raynna lying deathly still, with her head tilted back and to one side. To Jody’s horror, her darling daughter was having trouble breathing and her body was stiff and as cold as ice to touch. She was having a convulsion.

Raynna was rushed by ambulance to a nearby hospital for urgent medical attention before being transferred to Sydney Children’s Hospital, Randwick for specialised care. Anti-convulsants were immediately prescribed to manage her symptoms. Raynna’s anxious parents were by her side whilst she was being assessed by specialists. She was diagnosed with an abscess on her brain.
     
It was vital for Neurosurgeons to act quickly before the abscess could cause irreversible damage to her brain. Raynna’s sinuses were infected and the infection had travelled into her frontal lobe.

“Raynna was extraordinarily brave—all she ever complained of was a headache,” said Raynna’s mother, Jody.

The next day, Raynna underwent an urgent operation to unblock her infected sinuses to prevent any further increase in the size of the abscess. Although she recovered well from the operation, it was now critical for her to undergo another, more serious operation to completely remove the abscess from her frontal lobe.

“We had enormous faith in the talented medical staff at Sydney Children’s Hospital and we felt confident that she was receiving the very best of care,” said Jody.

Neurosurgeons drilled an incision along Raynna’s eyebrow line, to ensure minimal scarring and successfully removed the abscess.

Raynna was discharged 14 days later. Neurosurgeons at the Hospital are extremely optimistic that she will make a full recovery and they will continue to monitor her progress for the next six months to ensure all is on track.

“The life saving medical staff have given us a very special gift, Raynna’s life. Seeing Raynna’s beaming smile fills my heart with indescribable joy. Her strength is an inspiration to us all. She has coped with this incredibly well and we are so happy to have her home,” said Jody.

Gold Week will be helping many children like Raynna 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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