The Common Good

What is a Giving Day?

This year The Common Good’s Giving Day falls on November 30 at The Prince Charles Hospital and Caboolture Hospital.

In 2022, we have big aspirations to fund over half a dozen key projects that help elderly patients from both the Caboolture Hospital and The Prince Charles Hospital get home from hospital sooner and limit the need for them to return to hospital for further care.

We know our goal this year is an ambitious one, but with more people raising funds and rallying support for the common good, we know it is achievable.

Below we’re going to talk more about the projects put forward by the hospital community for support and the hopes for the funds raised in 2022.

We are also going to answer some questions we’re often asked, including ‘What is a Giving Day?’, ‘How does a Giving Day work?’ and ‘What does Matched Giving Mean?’

About Projects to be Supported by Giving Day 2022 Funds

Those of you who work with older patients would see how incredibly frustrated and heartbroken they can become when their mobility and independence begin to decline.

And even if you don’t care for elderly patients, you may have witnessed a beloved grandparent or parent lose their ability to perform tasks or hobbies they love, lose their sense of purpose and identity, and possibly lose their spark due to their deteriorating health.  

Numerous wards within our hospitals have identified the need for destinations to be created which encourage elderly patients to move about and socialise and in turn help to slow down in-hospital functional decline.  

We are also hoping to support projects that keep older patients active, entertained and engaged post discharge, so they can maintain the highest quality of life possible when they return home. These kinds of community care projects are equally as important because older adults are more at risk of social isolation, and social isolation has been linked to serious health conditions.

What is a Giving Day?

A Giving Day is an incredible one-day celebration when all the hospital teams, community members and local businesses come together to raise as much money as possible for a particular cause.

Commonly these events last for 12 or 24 hours, and in that time, people rally together to spread awareness of their cause, drum up support for it and maximise donations.

During a Giving Day everyone works towards a common goal, and as a result, these events tend to strengthen community pride and boost morale.

They also unite everyone connected to the cause, and their limited time frame creates a sense of urgency to make a real impact.

At the heart of a Giving Day are the incredible volunteers who are hitting the phones calling family, friends, and members of The Common Good asking for support and donations.

The more volunteers who join us for a short 2-hour shift, the more impact we can make for The Prince Charles Hospital and Caboolture Hospital.

People can volunteer as teams or individuals, and it’s guaranteed to be a day of fun, celebration and good vibes!

What is Matched Giving?

Matched Giving refers to when a corporate partner, individuals, or philanthropists pledge to match donations made by the general community so that the value and impact of their donation is doubled.

We know that every single dollar counts, but for those who may think that their donation would be too small or insignificant, the concept of having their donation doubled can inspire more support, knowing that it will make a greater impact.

The support received by these Matched Givers is invaluable and our Giving Day would not be possible without them.

How does a Giving Day Work?

For our Giving Day on November 30, 2022, we will have fundraising teams and amazing volunteers based at both The Prince Charles Hospital and Caboolture Hospital.

The Common Good’s Giving Day will last for 12 hours, from 9am to 9pm. During that time, we will have helpers hitting the phones at both locations to drum up support and secure funds.

All donations made on this day will be doubled (thanks to our generous Matched Givers).

How can you help to make Giving Day 2022 Successful?

There are few key ways to get involved and help make Giving Day successful:

  1. Fundraise for Giving Day
  2. Volunteer on Giving Day
  3. Donate on Giving Day
  4. Follow us on social media and help spread the word @thecommongoodau

Would you like to volunteer two hours of your time to drum up support on November 30? Register your interest here.

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Published: 19 October, 2022

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