This week the local charity Our Kids celebrates one of the greatest possible milestones for any not-for-profit organisation – reaching the million dollar fundraising mark, all of it as a result of support from the local community.Our Kids Management Committee, Janet Bowden (Community Member), Dr Chris Ingall (paediatrician) Suzette Pearce (Chair), Katie O’Rourke (Community Member) Kevin Carter (NNSW LHD Richmond Network Business Manager) Rebekka Battista (Our Kids Fundraising Coordinator)
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.
On hand to share stories about the charity’s 12-year life will be a number of Our Kids volunteers, including Board chair Suzette Pearce, founder and paediatrician Dr Chris Ingall, and fundraising coordinator Rebekka Battista.
More formally known as Northern Rivers Children’s Health Fund, Our Kids helps acquire key equipment that supports local medical teams. Without this equipment many more children and newborns would need to be sent to the cities to receive their care.
Our Kids also issues annual Community Grants for families or organisations which care for children who have special needs. These grants purchase equipment, medicine and therapeutic items to help care for these children at home.
Ms Pearce said, “On behalf of the many children and families we have helped to support over the years I would like to warmly thank everyone who has got behind Our Kids.
“This includes donors of particular equipment, supporters who have attended events such as the Our Kids Winter Ball and Melbourne Cup fashion lunch, people who’ve bought the wonderful Our Kids calendar, and much more.
“Our sponsors deserve our profound gratitude, especially the Platinum Partners – ABC NorthCoast, The Northern Star and Northern Rivers Echo, NBN Television, Southern Cross University, Telstra Countrywide and Wolftracks web design,” Ms Pearce added.
“The generosity of particular supporters and the broader community has enabled Our Kids to purchase a range of vital equipment to ensure more young people can be cared for locally in the LBH children’s ward or Special Care Nursery.”