Unless you’ve visited a local hospital with a sick or injured child, you’ll never fully understand the impact 92.7Mix FM’s Give Me 5 for Kids has had on the Health Service we all rely on.
Spanning 20 years and raising a staggering $5million, the annual appeal has funded vital medical equipment, free access to TV for patients at Nambour, and distraction therapy in waiting rooms, wards and clinics across the Sunshine Coast. It’s also funded special services like paediatric music, pet and yoga therapy and the local Clown Doctors.
It’s entirely responsible for growing the local Child Development Service to work with children over the age of six with behavioural and developmental issues. Until 2014, this was not an option under the local public health system until $1.4million was donated to Mix FM’s Give Me 5 for Kids to establish the service on Wises Rd, fit-out the space and fund additional staff for three years.
Appeal proceeds helped young people with eating disorders get out of hospital and back to school through equine assisted therapy. And in 2018, it bought land for The House the Coast Built–helping countless families with accommodation needs in the years ahead. It’s built rooftop playgrounds and influenced the paediatric services on offer at Caloundra, Nambour and the Sunshine Coast University Hospital, in ways we’ll never truly grasp.
During the month of June, the appeal sees every proactive business on the Sunshine Coast do their bit for a cause that impacts us all. Families return year-after-year to hold fundraising events that add to the tally, giving up days and nights to make it happen and bringing their own kids along for the ride. The 92.7 Mix FM team attend every event. Every music trivia and poker night, golf day, art auction and Jessie’s Party in the park. Not because they have to, but because every member of the team is genuinely invested in the outcome. Tears are shed each year when the final tally is announced, and another record broken across the country. Last year’s $606,000 tally blew everyone out of the water.
The Southern Cross Austereo network holds Give Me 5 for Kids all over Australia—nowhere else has come close to the kind of money we raise here on the Coast.
Mix FM’s Give Me 5 for Kids is as real as it gets. It’s good people uniting for positive action in a community that we all know is a class of its own. That’s the magic of Mix FM’s Give Me 5 for Kids to me. We all know we’re lucky to live on the Sunny Coast, and by “giving 5” we can make things even better for our sick kids and so, by God, we do.
The House the Coast Built
On Friday we celebrated the roof wetting for The House The Coast Built, and boy, was it wet!
We celebrated the important milestone with Tony Bryan and the team from Ausmar Homes and quite a few of our best buddies from the build project.
Thanks to Darren Boyle, ATF Temporary Fence Hire, Axis Surveys, DEQ Engineering, Neumann Steel, Excel Concrete, Flick Termite Management, Lizard Concrete Pumping, Coastcon Concreting, Supaloc Steel Frames, Stoddart, AJ Steel, Blake Roofing, Queensland Construction and Carpentry, CV Services Group, Reece, Superior Plumbing, Raw Skips, Suncoast Traffic Management, Chris Aitkin Crane Hire, Bulk Granite Haulage, Siltman Silt Fences, Cupolex Australia, Nastasi & Associates, Clean and Green, Sightmaster Australia, Shark Bite Plumbing Solution and True Core Steel – BlueScope for the work on the project to date.
Our New WishlistConnect App
Well, we’re now officially the Coast’s tech-savvy charity, thanks to the new WishlistConnect app.
Those who attended the official launch of the app this month would have left feeling incredibly proud of the contribution they’ve made to our work. We had an emotional presentation by Music Therapist at Dove Palliative Care, Tracie Wicks. There wasn’t a dry eye in the house. Chris Gardner, Nurse Unit Manager of Dove also provided insight into the importance of the Wishlist-funded therapy and thanked WishlistConnect supporters.
The Wishlist-funded Clown Doctors made us laugh and Adj Professor Naomi Dwyer, Health Service Chief Executive had us all feeling incredibly proud of the work we do to support her team in our local hospitals.
Thanks to Naomi, Chris, Tracie and all who attended to launch a new era for Wishlist. The app facilitates the promotion of Wishlist business support to 7,500 local Health families and Wishlist’s wider supporter base. The advertising dollar supports Wishlist’s work and our business supporters make exclusive offers to the users, many of whom are our time-poor Health team in hospitals from Caloundra to Gympie.
To find out more about how to be part of WishlistConnect please contact 5202 1777 and ask for Jeff.
BOQ Buderim and Maroochydore
BOQ Buderim and Maroochydore joined the Wishlist team this month, offering Wishlist Health staff across our hospitals a regular onsite banking service.
On top of this the team will contribute a commission to Wishlist on all home loans taken up by Health employees.
Wishlist Spring Carnival
We’ve sold a record 730 tickets to the Wishlist Spring Carnival on September 13, in the new Novotel Twin Waters function centre.
Major sponsor Walter Iezzi Development launched his new Bokarina Beach Development, Oceanus and I celebrated with co-sponsor Craig McCulloch from Pacific Jaguar and Land Rover.
International Nurses Day
Wishlist celebrates our nurses every year and this year was no exception. Check out our tribute, thanks to volunteer Katie Rodgers for compiling the photos!
National Volunteers Week
Where would we be without our volunteers? Well, there would be a lot less work done in the Wishlist office for a start, no emergency accommodation on offer at Reed House and very few coffees made at Wishlist Coffee House at Gympie Hospital.
Richard Ward and wife Carolyn attended the Volunteering Queensland breakfast at Brisbane Town Hall, where he was nominated for the Volunteer Manager of the Year award. Richard has managed a dedicated team of volunteers at the Coffee House since the doors opened in 2013. With his team Richard has managed to raise more than $370,000 for the needs of Gympie Hospital. The latest in a long list of equipment donated by the enterprise is a Sozo Lymphoedema Unit for the early detection of this debilitating illness in cancer patients.
Wishlist sponsored a small celebration at every Health Service campus to acknowledge the incredible work of volunteers at our local hospitals.
Funding & Research
Project Funding Round 3 and Staff Scholarship Round 4 are currently under review, as is our collaborative research grant round.
The Wishlist/SERTF Research Round will be assessed by Wishlist’s Research Panel this week, with paediatric projects featuring prominently this year. Applicants will know the outcome by July.
Making research funding available to clinical staff of our Health Service offers a great deal to the Sunshine Coast community. Not only does local research activity present the opportunity for the potential treatment and cure of life threatening illness, but it also presents opportunities for improvements in local healthcare.
Research activity at SCUH also presents the Sunshine Coast as a destination for specialists and academics keen to further their career, potentially bringing leaders in specialised fields to work in our hospitals.
Wishlist has directed $1.4million to local research projects and we’re keen to grow our investment in the years ahead.
To help us do so we’re thrilled to welcome some research superstars to our team. Wishlist’s Research Committee Chair, Dr Claudia Giurgiuman, General Manager of Wesley Medical Research Institute and 2017 Australian of the Year, Professor Alan Mackay-Sim, are working on a research development strategy with Wishlist, and working with our researchers on their projects.
Thanks to you all for your interest in the work of Wishlist and for the contribution to our many causes.
Get along to a 92.7 Mix FM’s Give Me 5 for Kids event if you can. We’d love to see you there!