A RECORD amount of almost $100,000 has been raised for Albury Wodonga Health’s paediatric unit.
Give Me 5 for Kids is a fund-raiser that gives people the chance to donate to help improve the lives of sick children.
The fund-raiser was run over the month of June by 105.7 The River.
The $98,247 that was raised this year beat last year’s total by almost $30,000.
The goal was to raise enough money so the paediatric unit could buy an MRI with anaesthesia.
Albury Wodonga Health clinical operation executive director Catherine O’Connell said the new machine meant families with sick children did not have to travel to Melbourne.
“The additional cost those families have to pay is significant,” she said.
“This means children can be helped regionally.”
She said the money raised reflected well on the community.
“Everyone has shown their commitment to children’s healthcare,” she said.
“The generosity is just phenomenal.”
The extra money raised will buy new paediatric surgical equipment and better services.
“We share our surgical tools with other hospitals so now we can have additional equipment and replacements,” Ms O’Connell said.
“We will put more chairs in the oncology unit and improve parents’ accommodation and playroom.”
Radio announcer Luisa Pelizzari said they aimed to cater for everybody with their fund-raising events.
“When we had the crane event it was something visual for people who were just walking past and may not have known what we were doing,” she said.
Pelizzari said this year’s fund-raiser had raised the bar for next year.