Gift wrapping for good

The team at Ocean Keys Shopping Centre helped by our amazing volunteers put the fun into fundraising last festive season, by wrapping customer’s gifts in return for a gold coin donation!

And the fantastic news is that the festive fundraiser netted over $3,300 for Princess Margaret Hospital!

Ocean Keys Shopping Centre Assistant Marketing Manager, Sharnee Vigors, said the Foundation was chosen as the Centre’s charity of choice over the Christmas period because so many customers had been touched by the hospital, whether through personal experience or via a friend or colleague.

Stitches getting into the festive spirit with friends at Ocean Keys

Stitches getting into the festive spirit with friends at Ocean Keys

“Many of our customers have families with young children, so we knew the Perth Children’s Hospital Foundation would be a charity that our customers would want to support and also could connect with,” said Sharnee.

“We also love having Stitches the Bear visit our centre, he brings so much joy to the children, but overall I think our entire team is just happy that we are making a small difference, knowing that we are helping others, particularly around Christmas which is a magical time of year for kids.”

As well as collecting gold coin donations in return for gift wrapping, Ocean Keys Shopping Centre also helped to raise funds by donating 100% of ticket sales from its Kids Christmas Party to the Foundation, as well as selling Foundation merchandise and offering space inside the centre for volunteers to collect donations.

Foundation volunteers with one of the Perth Firefighters Calendar stars

Foundation volunteers with one of the Perth Firefighters Calendar stars

“My advice to anyone else thinking about fundraising for the Foundation is to definitely do it; the team were fantastic to deal with and very easy to work alongside, and as well as that, even the smallest of donations add up to make a big difference to a young child’s future,” added Sharnee.

The money raised through by Ocean Keys Shopping Centre has enabled the Foundation to support a number of initiatives at the hospital.

“The kind donations from the Clarkson community have and continue to make a difference to the lives of sick children who have spent time in the hospital,” said our CEO Denys Pearce.

“Donations are essential to ensure a range of initiatives at the hospital continue to run, including services which aim to give patients and their families some respite from the stress and anxiety of being in hospital for long periods of time.”

These services include the Megazone play area: a place patients and families can spend time away from hospital ward; an Artist in Residence program: workshops and bedside activities run by professional artists; and Music Therapists who engage children with musical programs for therapy.

Thank you to Ocean Keys Shopping Centre and all the customers that donated for making Christmas magical!

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