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GM5FK grants lifesaving boost

TASMANIAN children and young people staying at the Royal Hobart Hospital have received a lifesaving boost thanks to the annual Give Me 5 For Kids (GM5FK) fundraiser, which this year raised more than $337,000.

Southern Cross Austereo’s (SCA) fundraiser launched in June this year, with Triple M once again leading the community in a huge campaign.

The Triple M GM5FK team presented the donation directly to the Royal Hobart Hospital for use in the Children’s Ward and associated paediatric departments, live on Hobart radio.

With key fundraising events including a scenic flight of Tasmania in a QantasLink plane, wheelie bin walks on the eastern and western shores and numerous broadcasts in the greater Hobart community, the GM5FK team were again stunned with the amount of community support, both from individuals and businesses.

SCA executive general manager – Tasmania Ally Bradley said she was so grateful for Hobart’s generosity again as the company announced this donation for the Royal Hobart Hospital.

“Tasmanians really are generous individuals and as a mother of two boys, I say thank you to the team here at SCA who have put in tireless hours to bring this all together,” she said.

Minister for Health Sarah Courtney thanked GM5FK, local community and businesses who generously donated to raise $337,557 for the Royal’s new childrens’ and adolescents’ units.

“Funds raised will help deliver a fun and unique Antarctic-themed design for the units located on K-Block’s level six,” she said.

“The role these designs play in helping to reduce the stress of an inpatient’s stay is widely recognised in hospitals all over the world.

“There’ll be an Antarctic voyage map etched into the foyer’s walls, lights in the public lobby with back-lit Perspex fins in the colours of the Aurora Australis (southern lights), custom-designed bedheads using Antarctic images and themed outside garden areas where a life-sized whale features in the play area.

“The theme celebrates Hobart’s pivotal role as Australia’s gateway to Antarctica and the Southern Ocean.”

Ms Courtney said the generous donation would also purchase additional equipment that would enhance the services and care staff provided to children.

“Level six of K-Block will provide new facilities to care for young Tasmanians, and include an inpatient school, allied health therapy room, secure outside garden terrace, more patient and family-friendly areas,” she said.

“You can experience the foyer design with a virtual tour by visiting the ‘Roundme’ website or download the ‘Roundme’ app.”

Caption: Dave Noonan and Al Plath present the GM5FK cheque to the Royal Hobart Hospital’s Children’s Ward.

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