Advancing Healthcare for the people of North Shore, Rodney and Waitakere

Ten-year-old Gabriella Dew Rallies Primary School To Support Kids in Hospital

Tuesday 25 July, 2017

Rangatira Charge Nurse Manager, Sarah Timmis with Gabriella Dew

When 10-year-old Gabriella Dew read ‘Auggie and Me’, a novel about a group of school children who run a coat drive for the homeless, she was inspired to do something to help those who were less fortunate in her community.

After brainstorming with her Mum, Georgina, the duo approached Gabriella’s school, Oteha Valley Primary School who jumped at the opportunity to help.

Calling their drive ‘Project Pyjamas’, students brought in donations of new pyjamas and warm clothing, as well as new toothbrushes and toothpaste for Waitakere Hospital’s Rangatira Ward which is the main paediatric ward for children from the North Shore and West Auckland.

The school also organised a mufti day, which raised $720 in donations for the Well Foundation, which will be used to purchase toys that will provide play therapy for patients on the ward.

Sarah Timmis, Charge Nurse at Rangatira Ward says she is blown away by the generosity of Gabriella and her school.

“When Gabriella’s Mum called and said her daughter wanted to do something for the children on the ward, I thought we’d get a few old books and toys. I definitely wasn’t expecting boxes and boxes of warm clothing, toothbrushes and hundreds of dollars,” she said.

With winter well and truly upon us, these donations of pyjamas and warm clothing are especially useful for the large number of children admitted to hospital with respiratory illnesses due to the cold weather.

For a number of these children who are living in cold, damp and overcrowded homes, this makes a world of difference in keeping them warm and healthy over the colder months and hopefully prevents them from further admissions to hospital for recurring winter illnesses.

Like Gabriella, your support makes a big difference to your community and your donations allows us to fund special projects like pyjamas and warm clothing for children in hospital, medical research as well as new and innovative equipment and technology to improve patient care.

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