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Fresh Future Cheque Surprise Announcement

Wednesday 12 November 2008    

Fresh Future Cheque Surprise Announcement for Southland Hospital’s Children’s Ward

It’s top secret for now but tomorrow afternoon the amount of funds raised for Southland Hospital’s Children’s Ward by the Fresh Future Children’s Hospital Appeal will be unveiled at a cheque presentation.

The appeal, which ran from 4 August to 28 September, was part of a nationwide fundraising venture by staff from Countdown, Woolworths, Foodtown, FreshChoice, SuperValue and Dick Smith Electronic stores to raise funds for ten children’s wards across the country. Southland Hospital is one of the hospitals to benefit from the 2008 Appeal.

Last year’s appeal raised over $1 million for five hospitals in New Zealand’s larger cities to purchase facilities and equipment. This year’s grand total will be announced this week.

Southland Hospital Children’s Ward staff have been a part of this year’s fundraising venture, with staff and the community involved in a variety of locally driven fundraising activities. Children’s Ward Nurse Manager Marie Irvine said the venture had received excellent support.

“We were delighted to have been chosen as a recipient of this year’s campaign. We are looking forward to using any funds we are fortunate to be granted towards providing additional equipment and resources to make the ward a more comfortable place for sick children and their families.”

The Fresh Future Children’s Hospital Appeal cheque presentation ceremony will begin at 2pm in the Children’s Ward Playroom on Thursday, 13 November with an introduction speech from Venture Southland’s Gerry Forde before the presentation is made by Peter Smith, Managing Director of Progressive Enterprises, and Jeremy Samuels, Store Manager of Countdown Eastgate.

“We’re all keen to support kiwi kids in hospitals, their parents and the wonderful medical professionals who treat them. I am very proud of my team for their fundraising efforts for such an important cause. This is community fundraising at its best”, said Peter Smith.

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