At this special time of the year it’s good to remember that Christmas is not all about presents and puddings.
Many families won’t get to sit down to a table laden with treats because they’ll be battling bigger problems such as the health of a loved one.
That’s why this year, while you’re doing your online Christmas shopping, why not think about those less fortunate and make a donation to an amazing charity such as the Sydney Children’s Hospital.
Sydney Children’s Hospital
The Sydney Children’s Hospital, Randwick treat over 315,000 children every year through inpatient, emergency, outpatient, and outreach services for everything from asthma and broken bones to more serious conditions like diabetes, epilepsy and cancer.
When Zoe was born four weeks premature, doctors at Sydney Children’s Hospital, Randwick discovered that she had congenital heart disease. They also found a hole between her larynx and oesophagus, meaning that food couldn’t travel from her mouth down to her stomach.
Within the first nine months of her life, Zoe had had two major heart operations, undergone surgery to implant a tube to directly feed into her stomach and small intestine, and spent months in the Intensive Care Unit.
Zoe continues to need serious care and attention as she grows older, especially to manage her health and behaviours associated with long term feeding difficulties.
Zoe’s mum Sally says, “We were so determined to help Zoe get healthy, but only with the ongoing support of both Sydney Children’s Hospital and our local early intervention service was it possible for us to access the expert advice and care we needed. We can't praise the Hospital staff enough for being with us every step of the way and always taking the time to show us the big picture about Zoe's condition.”
What you can do to help
What the kids at Sydney Children’s Hospital need this Christmas is your donations!
Call 1800 644 336 or visit www.littlelights.org.au to make a donation or buy a light on their digital tree for someone you love. You can also leave a message of support for the patients, families and staff of the Hospital.
In 2010, they raised $110,000. This year they plan to raise $150,000! Why not give them a hand?