We're proud to partner with Curing Homesickness - a joint fundraising initiative that brings children's hospitals and paediatric services from across Australia together.
The initiative believes that kids don't belong in hospital, they belong at home. Money raised will go 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.
Curing Homesickness at Canberra Health Services
Thanks to the kind donations made through Curing Homesickness, we're 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.
Curing Homesickness News
A big congratulations to Curing Homesickness for recently selling the 1 millionth jar of Mum's Sause! This means that through the Mum's Sause initiative $500,000 has been raised to help sick children in hospitals across Australia.
Created as part of the Curing Homesickness initiative launched last year, participating hospitals in every State and Territory receive 50 cents from every jar of Mum’s Sause sold.
Keep an eye out for Mum's Sause in your local Coles - 50c from every jar sold in Canberra will benefit children who access Canberra Health Services and help us fund the initiatives on this year's wishlist.