Fundraiser a heart-warming success for Give Me 5 for Kids

HOBART radio station Heart 107.3 has celebrated a milestone year of its annual charity initiative, Give Me Five for Kids, by raising a record-breaking total of $466,222 in 2014 to support the Royal Hobart Hospital’s children ward.

The significant fundraising total is a new high for the team at Heart 107.3, including breakfast hosts Kim Napier and David Noonan, and individuals and businesses in southern Tasmania.

“We are very appreciative of the massive support our fundraising efforts have generated in the Tasmanian community,” Southern Cross Austereo Hobart general manager Damon Wise said.

“The passion of Kim and Dave and our whole team plays a key role in the success of Give Me Five for Kids each year.

“There is no better feeling than raising money for the purchase of equipment for the amazing team at the Royal Hobart Hospital to care for our sick children.”

In 2013 Heart 107.3 raised more than $255,000 with Give Me 5 for Kids.

This year that amount was almost topped by just one of the campaign’s fundraising initiative alone, “House with Heart”.

A joint project with Lyden Builders to raise money for both the Royal Hobart Hospital’s children’s ward and Diabetes Tasmania, House with Heart saw a three-bedroom family home designed and constructed at Glebe Hill.

Additional fundraising activity for Give Me Five for Kids included a gala ball held at Wrest Point, Western and Eastern Show Wheelie Bin Walks, events held at Sorell RSL and the Qantas “Flight with Heart”.

Funds raised this year will enable the Royal Hobart Hospital’s children’s ward to purchase specialised paediatric equipment and provide support for families of unwell children when they need it most.

In accepting the cheque from Kim and Dave on behalf of the Royal Hobart Hospital, acting chief executive officer Matthew Daly said he was “speechless” at the “amazing amount of money raised and the generosity of our local community.”

Heart 107.3’s involvement in Give Me Five for Kids is part of a parent company Southern Cross Austereo’s campaign, which launched in the mid-90s as a simple coin drive.

Since then, the appeal has raised more than $12 million for more than 40 children’s hospital wards across the country.

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