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Fun with friends, fishing and photos were the order of the day when Jim McLarty embarked on a fun fundraiser to raise funds for three high acuity paediatric cots for West Australian babies in need.
Jim’s ‘Blue HQ’s Take the Kids Fishing’ event – which took place in November 2016 – succeeded in raising $24,000 to purchase three of the respiratory support machines, which will improve neonatal survival rates and assist with the care of Princess Margaret Hospital’s most vulnerable children.
“I’ve always thought that Perth Children’s Hospital Foundation does great work and so when I had the idea for the fundraiser I simply made a call to the Foundation and the next thing I knew we were holding the event and raising money,” says Jim
“The Foundation’s staff made the whole experience very easy and enjoyable.”
The fun fundraiser saw Jim – with help from Blue HQ – a boat storage, sales, lifting and maintenance business based in Fremantle – invite some of our ambassador families from the hospital to go fishing and visit Carnac Island, as part of a fun day out on the water. It was a great day out for the families as well as all the Blue HQ boat owners who hosted the families out on their boats.
“The pleasure and bonding I saw take place on the day between Blue HQ staff, friends and volunteers, as well as the smiles, excited faces and the gratitude that came from everyone involved was incredibly special,” adds Jim.
“It was a remarkable feeling knowing that we’d made a difference to people’s lives during a tough time, and I’d say to anyone considering a fundraiser for the Foundation to give it a go, you won’t regret it.”
Fast Facts about the High Acuity Cots
- Technology dependent children rely on life saving medical technologies such as respiratory support machines (eg. ventilators), feeding machines and intravenous medication pumps.
- The increase in the use of these machines often involves tubing and monitoring equipment lines.
- In children with complex issues, managing these lines safely is very challenging.
- A specialised High Acuity Paediatric Cot allows safe management of the needs of these children.
- They have been specifically designed around safety, ease of use and access to patients.
Big thank you to Carlos from Carlos Arevalo Photography for volunteering his time to come along and take some beautiful pictures. All pictures on this article are © Carlos Arevalo Photography