Give me 5 for Kids supports Special care Nursery

The annual ‘Give me 5 for Kids’ campaign run by Southern Cross Austereo has proven successful yet again with $7,981.90 donated to West Gippsland Hospital’s Maternity Unit and Special Care Nursery.HIT Gippsland held the fundraising event during June and July this year promoting events including ‘Wear your PJ’s to work or school day’, a kids disco, as well as on-air radio auctions and community activities.

West Gippsland Hospital, Director of Clinical Operations, Kathy Kinrade, said staff were thrilled to be able to use the money to purchase new equipment including a billirubin meter to assist newborns with jaundice and a new adjustable height baby cot.

Jaundice is a common condition in newborn infants and may cause serious complications if left untreated. The Bilirubin meter allows a gentle non-invasive method for staff to observe, diagnose and treat a newborn as quickly as possible.

The Special Care Nursery a Warragul can care for up to 6 babies at any one time aged from 34 weeks old.

Presenting the cheque, Jess Mylne from HIT Gippsland said the team looked forward to the annual fundraising campaign during June and July each year.

“Thanks to the generous support from our listeners and local businesses, we’re able to continue to give each year to our hospitals in Traralgon and Warragul and make a difference to children and babies in our local hospitals.”

This year the Gippsland community helped to raise a total of
$15,963.80 which has been distributed equally to both hospitals,” she said.

The ‘Give me 5 for Kids’ annual fundraising campaign began in 2003 and has been well supported each year by the wider community.