Canberra Hospital Foundation Supporters

Canberra Hospital Foundation Supporters

The Liangis Family

Since 2012, Mrs Liangis and family have donated over $1,325,000 in support of children who are unwell and in hospital. Most recently the Liangis Family supported the Whole 9 Months Program – a preterm birth prevention initiative - at the Centenary Hospital for Women and Children.

The overwhelming generosity of Mrs Liangis and John Liangis has made an enormous difference to patients and their families.

Key projects that Mrs Liangis and family have supported include:

  • The Reflective Garden which provides a tranquil, soothing space where families of children who are unwell, or sadly, families that have lost a child, are able to have privacy and time to themselves, away from the clinical environment. The garden features custom seating, a water feature and planting, including the Mothers' Love Rose.
  • The Angelo Liangis Therapeutic Courtyard is specially designed for children receiving physiotherapy and diversional therapy in a pleasant outdoor facility.
  • A special ultrasound machine for the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) which enables the NICU and Special Care Nursery access to the latest ultrasound technology, which provides excellent image quality allowing clinicians to make better informed decisions about the care of very small, sick babies.
  • State of the art audio-visual equipment allows medical specialists to be linked electronically via the internet. Having this technology available in the Centenary Hospital for Women & Children enables sick children and their families to stay in Canberra and not have the extra burden and expense of travelling to see specialists in Sydney or Melbourne
  • A beautifully crafted bench seat for the main foyer of the Centenary Hospital for Women and Children provides a welcoming place for patients and visitors. The bench seat is crafted from timber from the old Tharwa Bridge dating back to 1895.
  • A state-of-the-art mobile ultrasound machine for Neonatology.
  • A digital X-Ray Plate for Neonatology allowing 'real time' diagnostic review of x-rays by radiologists.
  • Specialist paediatric lift beds for the Paediatric Unit in ICU.
  • Hysteroscopy equipment for the Gynaecology Department enabling women to have day procedures rather than having to stay overnight in hospital. 
  • Each Christmas and Easter Mrs Liangis donates beautiful gift bags to be distributed to the children.
  • The Liangis family's most recent contribution has been towards the fit out of the new Paediatric Streaming Unit in the Emergency Department at Canberra Hospital. The installation includes the beautiful artwork adorning the walls and expanses of glass.

Peter Munday OAM and Lennock Volkswagen

Peter Munday and Lennock Volkswagen support patients in multiple areas throughout the hospital, including paediatric and adolescents, adolescent mental health patients, as well as cancer patients at the Canberra Region Cancer Centre.

The Volkswagen Car Raffle

Annually Peter Munday and the Lennock  team provide a brand new Volkswagen car to be offered in a raffle. The 2020 VW Raffle is supporting local cancer research at the Canberra Region Cancer Centre. The fabulous first prize is a Polo GTI MY2020, valued at $36,178 and second prize is a Gorenje retro fridge valued at $1680!

Funds from the 2017 raffle, drawn in January 2018, were used for the refurbishment of The Cottage, which is a day facility in Bruce for adolescents recovering from severe mental health issues. The complete refurbishment of the kitchen, lounge areas, consultation rooms and outdoor space has created a comfortable, relaxing and welcoming environment for the young people accessing the services at the facility.

The Adolescent Ward verandah comes alive during the afternoon and twilight hours with automatic shade awnings, glowing pots, outdoor furniture, a table-tennis table and original artwork that involved many patients working with the artist, Paul Summerfield.

These spaces provide welcome distractions from their hospital stay, age appropriate décor and a less clinical environment.

Peter Munday was also responsible for fundraising for 40 electric recliner chairs for patients in Oncology, providing a comfortable out of bed space for patients. The electric controls on the chairs enable patients to get in and out of the chairs with ease. In addition, funds raised supported the purchase of a large blanket warming cabinet, ensuring warm blankets are available at all times for all patients receiving chemotherapy.

The Volkswagen Car Raffle

Annually Peter Munday and the Lennock  team provide a brand new Volkswagen car to be offered in a raffle. The 2020 VW Raffle is supporting local cancer research at the Canberra Region Cancer Centre. The fabulous first prize is a Polo GTI MY2020, valued at $36,178 and second prize is a Gorenje retro fridge valued at $1680!

Funds from the 2017 raffle, drawn in January 2018, were used for the refurbishment of The Cottage, which is a day facility in Bruce for adolescents recovering from severe mental health issues. The complete refurbishment of the kitchen, lounge areas, consultation rooms and outdoor space has created a comfortable, relaxing and welcoming environment for the young people accessing the services at the facility.

The Adolescent Ward verandah comes alive during the afternoon and twilight hours with automatic shade awnings, glowing pots, outdoor furniture, a table-tennis table and original artwork that involved many patients working with the artist, Paul Summerfield.

These spaces provide welcome distractions from their hospital stay, age appropriate décor and a less clinical environment.

Peter Munday was also responsible for fundraising for 40 electric recliner chairs for patients in Oncology, providing a comfortable out of bed space for patients. The electric controls on the chairs enable patients to get in and out of the chairs with ease. In addition, funds raised supported the purchase of a large blanket warming cabinet, ensuring warm blankets are available at all times for all patients receiving chemotherapy.

GIO

GIO are helping trauma patients on their Road to Recovery

Every time a Canberran selected GIO on their vehicle registration in November and December 2016, five dollars was raised to purchase rehabilitation medical equipment through the Canberra Hospital Foundation.

'This is a perfect example of a business giving back to the local community to support others,' previous ACT Minister for Health Meegan Fitzharris said.

On Thursday 6 April 2017, GIO Insurance, part of the Suncorp Group, presented a cheque for $82,645 to support Canberra's rehabilitation patients at the University of Canberra Hospital.

Minister Fitzharris, said the donation would be used to purchase Advanced Functional Electrical Stimulation Devices, technology which sends low-level electrical stimulation to activate nerves and muscles.

We'd like to send a huge heartfelt thank you to GIO for their very successful CTP campaign in the ACT to help rehabilitation patients.

Shape

Shape provides ongoing support to the Canberra Hospital Foundation including the refurbishment of Level 6, making a more comfortable and inviting environment for patients.

Southern Cross Austereo

Give Me 5 for Kids is an annual event run by Southern Cross Austereo and Mix 106.3 held every June to raise funds to benefit paediatric patients at the Centenary Hospital for Women and Children. Not only does the team raise significant funds every year, but also brings the Canberra community together for the very worthy cause.

Since 2012, through multiple yearly fundraising events, Give Me 5 for Kids Canberra has raised more than $1 million dollars to support paediatrics. Funds raised through the 2019 campaign supported the purchase of:

  • A panda warmer: a specialised heated bed for babies when they are really unwell to help keep them stable
  • Growth analyser: special software package that enables the medical team to plot the growth, weight, and height of children over time… Growth measurement is integral to actually looking at how well children are. The results indicate lots of things including the presence of disease if the child’s growing poorly, or the absence or loss of a hormone or an excess of hormones.
  • Bladder scanner, which provides a non-invasive way to support children needing tests.

For more information about Give Me 5 for Kids visit          www.giveme5forkids.com.au/canberra

 

Mix106.3

Give Me 5 for Kids is an annual event run by Southern Cross Austereo and Mix 106.3 held every June to raise funds to benefit paediatric patients at the Centenary Hospital for Women and Children. Not only does the team raise significant funds every year, but also brings the Canberra community together for the very worthy cause.

Since 2012, through multiple yearly fundraising events, Give Me 5 for Kids Canberra has raised more than $1 million dollars to support paediatrics. Funds raised through the 2019 campaign supported the purchase of:

  • A panda warmer: a specialised heated bed for babies when they are really unwell to help keep them stable
  • Growth analyser: special software package that enables the medical team to plot the growth, weight, and height of children over time… Growth measurement is integral to actually looking at how well children are. The results indicate lots of things including the presence of disease if the child’s growing poorly, or the absence or loss of a hormone or an excess of hormones.
  • Bladder scanner, which provides a non-invasive way to support children needing tests.

For more information about Give Me 5 for Kids visit www.giveme5forkids.com.au/canberra

 

Canberra Hospital Auxiliary

The Canberra Hospital Auxiliary has been operating within Canberra Hospital for more than 35 years.

During this time, the Auxiliary has played a very important role in the hospital, donating a wide variety of medical equipment and items for the comfort and care of patients and visitors, as well as providing financial support to staff for ongoing professional development and continuing education.

In December 2009, Canberra Hospital received a two-millionth dollar donation from the Auxiliary.

The services provided by the Auxiliary include the Auxiliary Kiosk, a trolley service to the wards, guides and a library service for patients and staff.

Since 2011 the Canberra Hospital Auxiliary has generously donated over $385,000 to the Canberra Hospital Foundation providing support for:

  • Paediatric equipment
  • Logistical Support for equipment
  • The Therapeutic Harp Program
  • Upgrades to spaces including the Pre-Admission Clinic Waiting Room, Day Surgery Admissions Area and Waiting Room
  • MS Project Training for Canberra Hospital Foundation Staff
  • The purchase of a comfortable recliner chair for Oncology Patients

The Canberra Hospital Foundation sincerely thanks the Auxiliary for their continuing and generous support.

http://www.health.act.gov.au/public-information/consumers/volunteer-service/canberra-hospital-auxiliary

 

Dry July

Dry July is a national campaign raising funds to support cancer patients, their families and carers.

Since 2009 ACT Dry July participants have raised $840,000+ to support people with cancer at the Canberra Hospital.

Funds are raised by members of the community nominating to give up drinking alcohol or another vice, maybe chocolate or coffee, for the entire month of July and seek sponsorship from friends and family.

Funds raised through Dry July have been used to support many initiatives at the Canberra Hospital including;

  • The Therapeutic Harp Program
  • Radiation Oncology Waiting Room Refurbishment
  • iPads
  • The Information Resource Room within the Canberra Region Cancer Centre (CRCC)
  • Patient Entertainment Activity Trolley
  • Hospitality Trolley for patients
  • Music in Radiation Oncology
  • Floral arrangements in the CRCC reception areas

Therapeutic Harp Program

Therapeutic Harpist Alison Ware plays music for patients, providing rest and relaxation. Alison uses a number of different harps and tailors what she plays to the individual needs of patients.

Research has shown that music can alleviate anxiety, promote relaxation, provide distraction and allow deep rest. In circumstances when it is not possible to play the harp, such as when patients are undergoing Radiation Therapy in the Linac Accelerator (LINAC), Dry July has enabled the purchase of iPods, docking stations and music. This allows music to be played for patients who may be feeling anxious or uncomfortable.

Radiation Oncology Waiting Room Refurbishment

With funding from the 2017 campaign, we wanted to create a less clinical, private, supportive and nurturing atmosphere for patients as they await treatment on the LINAC.

Our consumers have found this a more relaxed and comfortable waiting area, with the new chairs and the natural themed wallpaper removing the clinical feel of the open space.

iPads

The iPads have enhanced communications between patients and their families. iPads not only offer entertainment and connection possibilities, but can also enable families who may be interstate to communicate with doctors and staff. Thank you Dry July for making these iPads possible!

"It was an excellent month for a great cause. It was such a beautiful feeling to do something selfless to help the lives of others in need - thank you for giving me that opportunity." Dry July 2016 participant

https://www.dryjuly.com/beneficiaries/thecanberrahospital

https://www.dryjuly.com/

 

Brick Expo

The Canberra Lego User Group holds the annual Brick Expo showcasing extraordinary Lego creations for one week end each year.

Brick Expo features Lego displays made by people from around Australia consistently attracts a sell-out crowd.

This event has raised over $240,000 for Paediatrics over the last 5 years

Equipment purchased from Brick Expo donations in the past have included: Cosycott for newborn babies in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), child-friendly artwork, signs and play equipment, a Portable Paediatric Ultrasound, ECG Machine, Bladder Scanner, Foetal Heart Monitors, and a Paediatric Bronchoscopy Tray with specialised instruments.

http://www.brickexpo.com.au/

 

Sweet ChariTea

Raising funds for paediatric patients, we think Sweet ChariTea is Canberra's most beautiful annual event!

The event is run by Kartika who was inspired to support the hospital following her own experiences of having a child receive treatment in the Centenary Hospital for Women and Children. Thanks to Kartika's passion and the many people who rally to put it together - this most stylish event has raised over $99,000 in the past 5 years.

Funds raised through Sweet ChariTea have been used to support many initiatives for paediatric patients, including;

  • A tympanometer which is an instrument used to test hearing and as the results can be obtained quickly and easily, this is especially beneficial when testing small children.
  • Sonicaids and stands which are hand held instruments used for listening to a baby's heartbeat during pregnancy and is ideal for detecting early foetal heartbeat, from as early as 8 weeks gestation.
  • 30 specialised breastfeeding chairs for the Postnatal Ward
  • Sofa beds for the double rooms in Paediatrics
  • Delta Therapy Dogs to give comfort and distraction to patients
  • iPads for Paediatric patients in the ACT Dental Health Program
  • Sensory gardens for children

To find out more about Sweet ChariTea, visit https://www.facebook.com/sweetcharitea

 

East Hotel

EAST Hotel generously provides free short term emergency accommodation for patients' families, with rooms specially designed to accommodate families in these types of situations.

Located between the shopping and restaurant hubs of Manuka and Kingston, minutes from the Parliamentary triangle and notable national attractions, East Hotel is also just a short distance from the Canberra Hospital. The six-story hotel has 140 rooms in various studio and apartment-style combinations, recognizing the challenges families can face with hotel accommodation by providing specially designated suites.

The emergency accommodation is particularly aimed at families who are from interstate and may unexpectedly need to stay overnight, close to the Canberra Hospital, due to injury or illness of a loved one who is being cared for at the hospital.

'We are very fortunate to be able to offer a helping hand to families who find themselves in a position where emergency accommodation is required. It is an honour to partner with the Canberra Hospital Foundation to enable us to support families at such a crucial time when their greatest concern should be their family member who is receiving treatment at the Canberra Hospital. Our goal is to ensure these families are able to concentrate on their loved one, without having to consider the logistics and expense of finding accommodation at a difficult time in their lives,' said Dan Bisa, owner of East Hotel and Director of Bisa Hotels and Dion Bisa, Assistant General Manager of East Hotel. 'Our entire team at EAST look forward to welcoming these families and ensuring they receive the warm and caring service that all our guests enjoy.'

East Hotel is owned by the Bisa family, a local Canberra family, who are passionate about their Canberra heritage and are honoured to support the Canberra.

It is already a distressing scenario for patients to be unexpectedly admitted to hospital following a medical appointment, or perhaps having attended an outpatient clinic and required to attend again the following day for a test, particularly if they do not live in Canberra. To have the problem of where they and/or their family or carer will stay for the night resolved so quickly and easily as a phone call to East Hotel, is such a positive, both for the patient and also for the clinical staff looking after them.

http://www.easthotel.com.au/

 

Maliganis Edwards Johnson

Maliganis Edwards Johnson provides ongoing support to the Canberra Hospital Foundation through sponsorship and participating in various fundraising events.

http://mej.com.au/

 

Event Hospitality and Entertainment

Event Hospitality and Entertainment is raising funds for Paediatrics through various events.

https://www.evt.com/

 

Newborn Intensive Care Foundation

Canberra Hospital Foundation is proud to partner with the Newborn Intensive Care Foundation. The Newborn Intensive Care Foundation is a local charity that raises funds for medical equipment, research and nurse education to help give the ACT and NSW’s critically ill newborn babies, the best chance to lead healthy, normal lives.

Styleworking

Canberra Hospital Foundation Board member Susan Proctor welcomed 60 women to her beautiful home to hold the fabulous fundraising event Styleworking.  Guests were treated to a series of health and style workshops, a season launch fashion parade by T.O.D, delicious nibbles and champagne.

A huge and sincere thank you to creator of Styleworking Susan,T.O.D Things of Desire, Lesley J makeup artist, Sally K Everday, Amanda Green from creative space A Flick of Hares and Dr Orla Teahan from Live Well Spa & Wellness Centre.

What a fabulous and fun afternoon, thank you to guests who attended and supported this event. Special mention to the awesome crew who helped serve drinks and nibbles.

Also, a big thank you to all the local businesses who supported the event through donations. Burhor donated 10 massages for the raffle; Supa Express donated amazing content for the goodie bags, ingredients and kombucha; As Nature Intended donated delicious food; Vikings Group donated champagne; discounted hire equipment was provided by Yes Events; TOD brought us a fashion show, models and donated a raffle prize; Sally K donated a raffle prize and goodie bag treats; Ziggys donated raffle prizes and goodie bag treats; and Live Well Spa and Wellness Centre donated a raffle prize and goodie bag treats!

 

Luton Properties

The annual Luton Charity Ball is a one of the most glamorous events in Canberra's diary. We are fortunate that this prestigious ball donates $10,000 annually to the Canberra Hospital Foundation.

Luton's support has enabled the purchase of a number of items throughout the hospital including a very clever defibrillator for the Paediatric section in the Emergency Department. The defibrillator is specifically designed for critical care areas and is able to adjust energy levels automatically as well as provide real time feedback on the rate and depth of chest compressions.

Tom Efkarpidis Foundation

The Tom Efkarpidis Foundation donates beautiful gifts to paediatric patients every year at Christmas time and ongoing items that help entertain and distract children who are in hospital or at an outpatient clinic.

Canberra Weekly

Canberra Weekly provides ongoing support through promoting the Canberra Hospital Foundation to the Canberra community - thank you Canberra Weekly!

Zouki Café

Zouki Cafe provides ongoing support to the Canberra Hospital Foundation through a range of intiatives run in conjunction with their cafes throughout the hospital.

Zouki's fundraising initiatives include:

  • Coin Tins in all their cafes throughout the Canberra Hospital
  • Event Sponsorship
  • Select Coffee specials, donating a percentage of coffee sales to the Canberra Hospital Foundation

 

Canberra Labor Club Belconnen

The Belconnen Labor Club supports the Can the Cancer annual fundraising dinner.