Giving Day 2023 an Incredible Success
The Common Good

Giving Day 2023 an Incredible Success

WOW! Over $157,900 was raised in support of The Prince Charles Hospital’s Children’s Services, thanks to YOU! 

Our amazing and generous community have helped exceed our Giving Day goal, with over $157,900 raised!

This achievement is incredible and will have a remarkable impact for sick and injured kids, funding some of the immediate needs of The Prince Charles Hospital’s Children’s Emergency Department and Paediatrics Ward.

Along with the extraordinary tally (that’s still growing!) and amazing show of community support, we couldn’t have asked for a better Giving Day.

The festival-style event was jam-packed and full of fun, with dozens of drawcards to delight hospital staff and visitors.

The 2023 Giving Day was the third annual Giving Day in support of The Prince Charles Hospital. And it was not only a chance for generosity and fundraising – but also an opportunity to celebrate this fabulous hospital and its hard-working and compassionate staff and brighten up the day for children in the hospital.

Brisbane’s Spiderman swung by the hospital to bring smiles to sick kids on the ward, as did several local firefighters and team members from Australia Post, who gave out balloons.

Following the success of last year’s market, we brought back a range of fabulous stalls – much to the delight of hospital staff, who stocked up on spices and sauces, jams and chutneys, pet treats, and so much more!

The Prince Charles Hospital is home to Queensland’s second busiest Children’s Emergency Department. As more and more children and families rely on this important hospital for support, the need for additional equipment and services also grows, which is why Giving Day this year was in support of the Children’s Emergency Department and Paediatric Ward.

One project on the wish list was a refreshed children’s retreat space on the ward, a wish we can now grant after achieving the Giving Day target. The hope of this retreat is to give the children who are admitted and their siblings a place to play and just be kids.

“We want to give kids a place where they can feel safe, where they can feel engaged and where they can have a bit of fun during what can be a really tough time,” said Registered Nurse Rachael Patterson.

The hospital’s Child Life Therapist, Meenu, also had a few resources on her wish list, including a sensory trolley and an augmentative assistive communication device – items which will be particularly beneficial in supporting neurodivergent children who visit the hospital.

“Coming to the hospital is stressful for anyone and everyone. It poses an additional challenge for neurodiverse children. It’s the different smells, the environment itself and things that are unfamiliar which makes their time in hospital hard to manage with sensory overload. So, I’ve been thinking about what can support their healthcare journey and their time in the hospital. What if we can change the whole environment into a calming space? I would like a sensory trolley that can be taken into any patient room or cubicle and can be used in the procedure room as well,” said Meenu.

Thank you to everyone who helped us exceed our goal by miles this year!

A special thank you to our generous matched funders, corporate volunteers and community fundraising teams including; Unita, Norths Leagues and Services Club, Aspley Hornets, St Dympna’s OSCH, Cardigras, Majella Early Years Centre, Only About Children, TPCH Early Education Centre, Auto and General Holdings, Guppy’s Early Learning Centre, Shine Lawyers, Kedron-Wavell Services Club, Maleny Dairies and Siblings Early Learning.

From the bottom of our hearts – thank you for your amazing support. The incredible outcomes we achieve are only possible thanks to caring people like you!

Published: October 27, 2023

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