Monthly Archives: July 2013

Our Kids celebrates its Million Dollar Baby

Local charity Our Kids has reached a big milestone - raising more than $1 million to buy equipment for LBH children's ward and Special Care Nursery. At midday this Wednesday 10 July, Our Kids will mark this achievement by greeting the media in one of the key places where the money has been invested, the Special Care Nursery at Lismore Base Hospital, which looks after newborns requiring intensive medical management.

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Birthing services currently provided at Casino and District Memorial Hospital (CDMH) will be transferred to Lismore Base Hospital from 1 August 2013. The Maternity Service suspension is part of an initiative to ensure that all local families have ready access to the full range of sustainable, specialised obstetrics services, including midwifery and anaesthetics, as well as 24/7 midwifery support. At present, under its classification as a Level 2 facility for maternity services, CDMH may assist in low-risk birthing only, does not undertake inductions, elective or emergency caesarean obstetrics, or anaesthesia (general or epidural).

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Byron Lighthouse Run on Sunday 15 September 2013 for Our House

The 6.7 km Byron Lighthouse Run on Sunday 15 September will be donating all profits to Our House and Nepal's Lantang Valley clinic... “These charities are very close to my heart,” said organiser and cancer-survivor Brigid Kramer. “This time last year I was clinging to my family at Lismore Base Hospital. I can't imagine how awful it would be to not have them close by.” Brigid said the aim is to donate more than $22,000 to charity this year, so that families can be together when they most need to be. “We are calling on everyone who is fit and well to celebrate their good health and sign up for this year's Byron Bay Lighthouse Run. We have options for either the run and for a walk. Let's get all of our healthy families to support those not so lucky.”

Our House will use some of the funds to help accommodate people having cancer treatment who are experiencing financial hardship.
Support will also be given to Langtang Valley Health, some four days away from the closest medical care, which will use the funds to purchase essential medical equipment and supplies, and to help pay staff salaries. “A little bit of funding goes a very long way in Nepal, and this clinic does a wonderful job for local people in this remote area,” Brigid said. "If you are well enough to sign up, please show your support and enjoy a great day out with family and friends." Early Bird entries are still open - visit www.byronrun.com and celebrate your good health!

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