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Monday, 28 May 2007

Gold Week Hits Far West NSW

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 Thomas of Condobolin NSW.

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

When 10 year-old Condobolin schoolboy Thomas was injured during a local rugby league match, there were fears he had seriously injured his spine. He was rushed to Grenfell Hospital where doctors cleared him of spinal injury. However, Thomas’ football accident would prove to be fortuitous as doctors discovered he had seriously high blood pressure capable of causing a stroke or heart attack.

In consultation with specialists at Sydney Children’s Hospital, Randwick, local doctors began treating Thomas’s condition. When he did not respond to treatment Thomas was referred to Sydney Children’s Hospital where renal specialists determined a narrowing of an artery in his kidney to be the cause of his life threatening hypertension.

After a successful specialised surgical procedure to restore the artery to its normal size, Thomas’ high blood pressure began to improve and specialists are optimistic that he will make a full recovery.

Today, Thomas’ mum Chrissie is grateful to have him back in his home town of Condo, with his family and his football mates.

“If we hadn’t come to Sydney Children’s Hospital, my son would not be able to live the normal life of a sporty country boy. We are so grateful that the specialised skills and technology available at the Hospital has given Thomas the best chance of a cure. I hope people from our community will support Gold Week because they be helping children and families like ours,” said Chrissie.

Gold Week will be helping many children like Thomas who come from all districts of the Far West NSW 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 Condobolin to Coogee, from Cobar to Cootamundra, I urge the NSW community to support Gold Week. Your support will directly benefit the lives of seriously ill children like Thomas 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 , 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?

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:     Email:


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, 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 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

Condobolin’s Bravest Boy   

When 10 year old Condobolin school boy, Thomas fell heavily during a rugby league match, his worried parents Craig and Chrissie were concerned he might have injured his spine. They called for an ambulance and followed him to Grenfell Hospital.

At the hospital it was confirmed that, thankfully, Thomas did not have a spinal injury but a blood pressure test revealed that Thomas’ blood pressure was sky high.

“Thomas was diagnosed with hypertension. His blood pressure was 180/130. We were astounded because he seemed so well, but grateful his diagnosis was just in time before major damage was done to his heart,” said Chrissie.

Untreated, Thomas may have suffered from a stroke or heart attack, as his blood pressure was placing pressure on arteries and enlarging his heart.

Over the next few months, Thomas’ condition was closely monitored. He had a series of renal tests, scans and was taking blood pressure medication to try to reduce his blood pressure. His specialist in Orange consulted with the renal team at Sydney Children’s Hospital, Randwick to make sure the dosages were right for him. However, Thomas still required the highest dose and his reading was not dropping. It was clear that Thomas needed the specialist attention.

The family made the six hour drive to Sydney and Thomas was admitted to the renal ward of Sydney Children’s Hospital, Randwick.

To investigate his condition, Thomas had a specialised surgical procedure where dye was injected into the blood vessels of his kidneys. A narrowing of one of the small arteries was found, causing his hypertension.

“We feel so lucky to have had the expert care of Sydney Children’s Hospital. The friendly and compassionate staff lifted our spirits and gave us the best of care,” said Chrissie.

Two months after his initial diagnosis, Thomas underwent an operation to balloon open the narrowed artery. To everyone’s delight it was a success and Thomas recovered quickly and his blood pressure began to drop.

Thomas continues to make progress and doctors are optimistic that he will make a full recovery.

“If we hadn’t come to Sydney Children’s Hospital, my son would not be able to live the normal life of a sporty country boy. We are so grateful that the specialised skills and technology available at the Hospital has given Thomas the best chance of a cure,” said Chrissie.

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

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