Students’ donation helps patients get back on their feet Last year was difficult in lots of ways, including for community fundraising, but that didn’t stop students at Willoughby Public School who were happy to step up to the challenge.
Its Student Representative Council (SRC) organised a Mufti-Day to raise money for new mobility walkers to assist patients at Royal North Shore Hospital. On 11 November, students left their uniforms at home, wore mufti clothes to school and brought in donations to help raise money for the walkers, which are vital in assisting patients during their recovery. Year six student David came up with the idea when visiting his grandparents with his mum, Kylie, during their treatment at Royal North Shore Hospital. He noticed the walkers and thought the hospital and patients could benefit from some new ones. David made his case and created a PowerPoint presentation to show the SRC why it was essential to raise money for this
Willoughby Public School students with the 10 mobility walkers they fundraised for and donated to Royal North Shore Hospital
important cause. “I saw how much the walkers were being used by patients like my grandparents, but I also saw how much the hospital supports the local community - I wanted to help and give back,” said David. All up, the students raised an incredible $750, which enabled them to purchase ten new mobility walkers to donate to the physiotherapy department. decorate the donated walkers to acknowledge how grateful we are for this tremendous support from the school community. The Willoughby Public School emblem proudly
Physiotherapy Head of Department Gary Rolls said the team is absolutely thrilled the students thought of the hospital and are sure that the patients will be happy knowing primary school children raised the money to help get them up and walking. “It truly shows that you’re never too young to make a big difference,” Gary said. The NORTH Foundation is always looking for great community champions who want to partner with us to
support our hospitals. If you’re interested in becoming a community fundraiser please visit northfoundation.org.au/
New free advice line for health professionals The Drug and Alcohol Specialist Advisory Service (DASAS) offers a free week, and has recently had a boost in capacity.
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telephone service for health professionals across NSW seeking general advice on the clinical management of people with alcohol and other drug issues. The service is available 24 hours a day, seven days a
guidance from clinical nurse consultants and addiction medicine specialists based at St Vincent’s Hospital, Sydney. The service will often respond immediately, or if
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