Help support sick kids in hospital to get home sooner, or feel more at home during their treatment...

Did you know 90% of children in hospital will experience some level of homesickness?
Here's how you can help them...

We're proud to partner with Coles and Curing Homesickness  - a joint fundraising initiative started in 2019 that supports children's hospitals and paediatric services across Australia together.

Money raised goes towards helping kids in hospital get back home where they belong by investing in vital funding needs such as research, the latest equipment, and the amazing health professionals who deliver the care children need.

Funds will also be used to cure homesickness by developing services to connect kids to home while in hospital and making kids feel a bit more at home during their hospital stay.

Your support helps to raise funds for paediatric patients who are receiving care at the Centenary Hospital for Women and Children, through Canberra Health Services.

Funds are raised for our Canberra paediatric patients at Coles supermarkets in Canberra, through

  • the $2 Coles Curing Homesickness Card campaign held in March
  • throughout the year from sales of Coles Mum's Sause pasta sauce and pizza sauce 

You support helps patients of the Centenary Hospital for Women and Children in Garran, Canberra.

With the support of the community, we are raising vital funds to get kids in hospital home sooner or for those that cannot go home, help make them feel more at home during their treatment.

Get Involved in Curing Homesickness this year!

Sause for support!

You can buy Mum's Sause pasta and pizza sauce from Coles Supermarkets in Canberra, with funds raised benefitting paediatric patients at the Centenary Hospital for Women and Children. Look for products with the Curing Homesickness logo.

$2 Coles Curing Homesickness Card Campaign

You can buy a $2 Coles Curing Homesickness Card in any Coles supermarket in Canberra to help raise funds for sick kids in our community. Cards are only available between 15th to 28th March 2023.

Your impact...

Thanks to the kind donations made through Curing Homesickness, we were able to purchase Smileyscopes for children and adolescents who are either in day-stay clinics or admitted to the Centenary Hospital for Women and Children.

Smileyscopes offer a wearable virtual reality experience for children who are undergoing needle procedures. With VR experiences suitable for all age groups, the Smileyscopes will help children from the age of 4 to 18 years.

Needles can cause a lot of anxiety for patients and this anxiety can increase the pain and suffering associated with treatment, as well as cause distress for parents and caregivers.

Giving children a fun, colourful, and interactive virtual reality experience will be a great distraction, ultimately enhancing their hospital experience, while making work more streamlined for medical practitioners.

"Give them a reason to smile!"

"Nursing staff were supportive of my child having bloods taken. The nurse was gentle and assisted with removing his emla dressing. We were able to use the Smiley Scope during his venepuncture which made a significant improvement to how he coped. Normally blood tests are very distressing to him. The Smileyscope VR set allowed him to be distracted and not see the needle. He was calm throughout the nurses were gentle and quick and afterwards praised him for how he went. This experience has significantly reduced his anxiety around tests and hospital. Thank you for you care."

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