Give Me 5 for Kids breaks national fundraising record

HEART 107.3’s Give Me 5 for Kids (GM5FK) has broken the national record for the second consecutive year by raising more than $488,878.

GM5FK is a fundraising initiative that raises money for children’s wards in hospitals across Australia to help improve facilities and services to sick children and their families.

Originally setting the national record in 2014 with a total of $466,222, the bar was set incredibly high when Heart 107.3 Breakfast announcers Dave Noonan and Kylie Baxter took up the challenge again this year.

Fundraising efforts this year included a scenic flight of Tasmania and another ‘House with Heart’ charity home, with the funds going towards purchasing much-needed paediatric equipment and services for the Royal Hobart Hospital, including a makeover of the emergency department paediatric waiting room.

Mr Noonan and Ms Baxter said the Hobart community’s generosity was unmatched across the country.

“Just when we think it’s not possible to raise the bar, we do it again,” they said.

“This result is absolutely outstanding and is something that we are incredibly proud to be involved in.”

Women’s Adolescent and Children’s Services acting group manager Heather Giannaros said the amount raised this year was “unbelievable.”

“The generosity of the community is overwhelming and much appreciated,” she said.

“Give Me 5 for Kids really makes a difference to the availability, type and quality of equipment and refurbishments that are needed for the treatment, care and comfort of children and their families.”

Give Me 5 for Kids has continued to grow each year with increased community support, benefiting the children’s wards and facilities at local hospitals across the country.

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