The 2013 Countdown Kids Hospital Appeal that raises money for hospitals with dedicated children’s areas kicked off in the Waikato today (Wednesday 5 August).
Waikato District Health Board’s launched the annual campaign by presenting a ‘wish list’ to Countdown staff outlining much-needed hospital equipment for its child and youth health service (Waikids).
From now until 27 October Countdown staff will engage in locally-led fundraising activities to grant items on the wish list to Waikids.
Now in its seventh year, the appeal has raised more than $5.7 million for 10 children’s wards throughout New Zealand with more than $600,000 of that going to Waikato Hospital.
“We really appreciate the dedication and ongoing commitment of the Countdown team, as well as the fantastic generosity of the Waikato community. The difference the appeal has made to the lives of our children is immeasurable,” Waikato District Health Board’s Paediatrics unit manager Lorraine Reid said.
The bulk of the $144,774 donated to Waikids last year went towards sophisticated monitoring equipment, breast pumps for new mothers, and parent beds for those staying with children during surgery.