Drouin Lions donate to newborns

Newborns and mothers at West Gippsland Hospital will benefit from the generosity of the Lions Club of Drouin.The group has donated $23,552 to purchase a life-saving neonatal resuscitaire and a further $8,000 to purchase two new neonatal cots.

The donation is from proceeds of the recent Garden Expo event organised and run by the Drouin Lions at Lardner Park combined with an $8,000 grant from the Australian Lions Foundation.

West Gippsland Healthcare Group (WGHG) Chief Executive Officer, Dan Weeks, said the donation was a significant boost to birthing services at West Gippsland Hospital.

“The Unit has neonatal resuscitaires in three of its four birthing suites. The addition of this fourth machine will mean that a resuscitaire will be set up ready to use in every birthing suite to assist babies in their early hours of life or in the event of an emergency. Response time is a critical factor in a clinical emergency.”

Nurse Unit Manager (Maternity) Wilma Wallace said staff were over the moon at the Club’s additional donation to fund two neo cots. Our existing cots are 30 years old and in need of replacement.

She hanked the Lions Club of Drouin and all the volunteers who work tirelessly to support their community.

President of the Lions Club of Drouin, Erica Wassenberg, said the Club was thrilled to assist the Maternity Unit once again.

“The Garden Expo is our major annual fundraiser and we thank our volunteers and the community for supporting the event. Our Club raises money through tickets sales and catering on the day so the people that support the event contribute to this donation in their own way.”

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