Christchurch Hospital Children’s Wards To Benefit From Fresh Future Appeal
New Zealanders have risen to the challenge and raised over NZ$1million in just eight weeks for sick children.
The funds raised through the first ever Fresh Future Appeal will go towards paediatric care in dedicated children’s wards at Christchurch Hospital, Dunedin Hospital, Waikato Hospital and Wellington Hospital as well as Kidz First Children’s Hospital, Auckland.
Anne Feld, Child Health Nursing Director of Christchurch Hospital, commented, “Christchurch Hospital is grateful for the opportunity to be involved with the Fresh Future Appeal. The success of the campaign has been amazing and we are very thankful to everyone who contributed to it. As a result of the Appeal, we will be able to purchase items that are not in this year's budget but will nonetheless greatly benefit our patients. Thank you Progressive Enterprises and we look forward to working together next year."
The Appeal ran across Foodtown, Countdown, Woolworths, SuperValue and FreshChoice stores and support offices nationwide, with staff organising a broad and imaginative range of fundraising activities including dunking local mayors, sponsored bike rides, kids’ duathalons, gala days, head shaves (men and women!) and the sale of specially designed eco bags, all in the name of helping to give sick children a fresh future.
As the Appeal aims to support kiwi kids and their families, the other beneficiary hospitals will utilise the funding for vital equipment and services. The hospitals’ young patients will benefit from equipment for Dunedin Hospital and Waikato Hospital; the new Kidz First Community Clinic for Kidz First Children’s Hospital in Auckland and a new Acute Assessment and Short Stay Unit at Wellington Hospital.
Progressive Enterprises Managing Director, Peter Smith, has been overwhelmed by the total raised and by the collective enthusiasm shown for the Appeal, “Reaching our $1million target in the first year is just fantastic. This wonderful contribution to children’s health across New Zealand is possible thanks to our staff, customers and suppliers taking up the challenge and lending their support.
We look forward to the Appeal being an annual event across New Zealand and are thankful to have an opportunity to help the communities our stores are part of. ”