Friday 01 December, 2017
Christmas has come early for Waitemata District Health Board (DHB) who today received a cheque for $129,591 through the 2017 Countdown Kids Hospital Appeal.

Well Foundation CEO Andrew Young with staff members from Countdown Lincoln Rd

Funds from the appeal will be used towards a new Transport Incubator– an essential piece of equipment for our Special Care Baby Units, to transport premature babies safely, comfortably and with minimum stress on the vulnerable infant. 

Our paediatric rehabilitation service, The Wilson Centre will receive a new shower trolley, with a 'tilt in space' function that will enable ease of showering for severely disabled children who have had complex orthopaedic surgery, allowing them to feel safe and secure. 

“We’re so grateful to Countdown, their staff, customers and everyone else who made this year’s appeal happen,” says Stephanie Doe, General Manager Child, Women & Family at Waitemata DHB. 

The 2017 appeal ran from August  7 to October 29 and raised a total of $1.267 million. 

Speaking at the cheque presentation today, Countdown upper North Island Operations Manager, Stuart Worsnop, said the company was very pleased to be donating to the Waitemata DHB area. 

"We've had incredible support for the appeal from our stores and customers in West Auckland, North Shore and Rodney.  This donation will enable Waitemata DHB to purchase much needed equipment and it's very humbling to be able to help. It makes us feel good." 

Well Foundation CEO, Andrew Young, is delighted with the support received from Waitemata DHB’s staff of over 7,000. 

“Staff at both North Shore and Waitakere Hospitals got right behind the appeal this year, buying raffle tickets that we sold onsite and entering teams into the fundraising quiz,” he says. “We were so thrilled to be involved in this appeal again this year which really has a big impact on our services.”

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